Bella Monica

4.7
2964 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Benvenuto! Opened August 2000, chef/ owner Corbett Monica and his wife, Julie, created this trattoria as an extension of his Nanas dinner table. A place where the neighborhood gathers to dine and enjoy life. Guests become family at our tables, enjoying recipes handed down from our grandparents. Following tradition, we make our sauce with San Marzano tomatoes and use only the freshest ingredients available, just like Nana. Our gravy is so good that we eat it like soup! Neapolitan menu, thin-crust Flatbread pizzas, Pasta, NC Seafood, Chicken, Local Pork. Without a doubt, the best cannoli you will ever taste! Our wine list features all Italian, hard-to-find selections that are a perfect match for our Pasta and Flatbreads. Wine Spectator 2007-2019. Local art is on our walls and we play a great upbeat music mix. We welcome you to our business, our culture, our family. It is an honor and pleasure to cook for you. Please enjoy our food and the company you share at our table. Mangia bene!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2964 people are saying
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BenG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable service, food, ambience. One our favorite places!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Bm!!

MJ
vipMarkJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Cozy spot with excellent food and atmosphere. Service was a bit slow, but understandable with only one waitress.

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DavidF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a while since I dined with them. I won't wait as long for my next visit. Love it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good but not over the top. Can speak first-hand on the spaghetti and shrimp scampi...all ingredients were good but the pasta was tasteless. House salad was good but the only dressing option is balsamic vinaigrette...ok but wouldn't be my first choice. Service was excellent, very attentive. Wine was good and there is a zillion (more or less) to choose from. Flat bread pizzas were rated good at our table but maybe too much cheese. Lasagna was rated highly at the table and the portion was enough for lunch the next day. All in all, a good spot but maybe a bit pricey for what you get. Yes, I'd try it again.

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Tianna
Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica was great for me as a person with celiac disease. They have a full gluten free menu, and all gluten free food comes out on a separate colored plate.

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PeggyA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate setting, great food from pizza to pasta, wonderful wine selection keeps us coming back.

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DaveR
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service!!! Always a fave

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CRNC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Prompt service. Have been dining here for years and love it!

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ErinT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very happy with the Gluten Free menu - the focaccia was delicious!

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lovinglifeinasheville20
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We had patio reservations for 7 because I’d heard this was the best Italian food around and no indoor reservations were available. It was 32 degrees. Previous reviews said patio is enclosed and heated. It is not. There was canvas on one side of us and one small heater above us. We asked for them to turn on the two portable patio heaters we saw being unused but they first claimed they had no propane and later claimed they didn’t have lighters long enough to light them. It was irresponsible to seat people outside on such a cold night. We were freezing cold throughout dinner.
The eggplant rollatini and baked ziti were good. The kids’ spaghetti and meatballs was the worst I’ve ever had. My kids wouldn’t eat it. I tried a meatball; it was soggy and flavorless. We waited 30 minutes for food to be brought out and then long waits for dessert and for the check to be brought out. My husband asked for coffee with dessert. His coffee wasn’t brought until after we finished dessert. I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone.

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BrendaH
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was busy yesterday but still wonderful service and beyond delicious food! Our new "date night" place!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to take our daughters and friends out to eat

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tricia
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside with a heater on for lunch. Felt safe, service was great and we stayed at the table for over 2 hours! No one else ate outside, though it was a cool but gorgeous day! Glad Bella Monica has this option!

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BrandiT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica is our favorite restaurant in Raleigh (and we are foodies). High quality food, wine, service and atmosphere! Can’t wait to see you guys again soon!

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vipANiP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food.

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terrytoni
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica has been our favorite go to restaurant for a great dining experience for 21 yrs, casual, consistently good, love the menu, eggplant rollatini my fav! a glass of Montepuciano, and I am a happy lady....

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MrsYertle
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bella Monica is a staple in our go-to restaurant world. Their food is delightful and fresh. It could, however, try to reinvent itself a bit. Seems dated as nothing has changed.

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vipAbbott
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience1

The music was so bad we won’t return. That’s a shame A shame as the food and service was good. It was bad enough that I asked they change it - it was loud, completely ran over the conversation and fast paced. It was like a Cajun jazz selection - could not have been more wrong for an Italian restaurant. He did change it but frankly it did not get much better.

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CGolfChick
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good and wine very good. Service was slow and music loud. I would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Service was good, but a little slow. The music was extremely loud.

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Rosie
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

All of my food is great at Bella Monica. I especially love the Shrimp and Calamari pasta!

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DeidreL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely dining experience Service was great and food was delicious as normal.

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MommaJR
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Must have been a bad night that was the worst service I’ve ever had at Bella Monica in the many years I’ve been coming here. Bummer because we were celebrating a birthday too.

After this last experience I would only recommend Bella Monica for the excellent food and gluten free menu and great wine selection. The service was terrible so maybe takeout is a better choice here.

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PaulT
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica has been a Favorite for us for over 20 years! It remains a Special place for us for all occations. Flatbreads are a real treat. Wine selection is second to none.
Awesome Family owned restaurant that is worthy of our support. Highly recommended!

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Janet
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great staff. A little loud for our tastes on a busy evening, but still a great choice. Excellent gluten free menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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vipRaleighwood
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We were seated with another table in the rear private dining room and our five entrees took over an hour and a half to arrive, arriving only after a member of our party went to find a staff member and inquire. Someone we presume was a manager came back to advise us that the kitchen was backed up and said, “maybe we can get you a free dessert or something”… we received no sort of discount and the poor service and turnaround time continued. Of our five dishes that came out, three were lukewarm and two were piping hot. We are barely received drink refills. For $200 for five guests, it left a lot to be desired. As we watched a table of 10 who arrived after us receive three courses and their check before we received our only course, this was clearly service and kitchen timing. All in all, we have been longtime diners here but won’t be rushing to return again.

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vipJuliaw
County Durham
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great and the gluten free options are much better than the majority of restaurants in Raleigh/Durham

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Joseph
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was very timely and we were checked on multiple times during the meal. The food was delicious with a good wine selection. The booths were a little uncomfortable but would still recommend this restaurant.

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colleenp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everthing was wonderful. Wish the music wasn't so loud

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was average. Service started slow but fine once they finally came to the table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great time experience!! We were treated so special. The owner was attentive and even sent us home with a special treat!

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SarahR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During a busy time of year and also with most restaurants being short staffed, Bella Monica was amazing! Service, food, atmosphere was all just wonderful and put us all in the Holiday spirit! Thank you Bella Monica for a fantastic evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I know people are having a hard time finding employees now so we did not complain. In one of our dishes, the chicken was too tough to eat. The service was very slow. The waiter did not bring my drink and we had to put the dishes at the edge of the table before he would clear them. He walked by them 3 times & another person picked them up on her way by. This was a Christmas lunch with friends and the music overpowered our conversation. The restaurant was not crowded. My rating is gracious compared to actual. This has been a fairly regular place to eat in the past.

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SamW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would definitely recommend it. The flatbread was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We had a reservation at 8:00. However we were not seated till 8:45. Multiple parties that arrived after us were seated before us. The hostess did not communicate well with us how long the wait time would be. Once we were seated the food and service was very good. However, there was very poor communication about the wait time, and it was very unprofessional to have a party wait 45 mins after they had a reservation.

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AstridJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious that’s it! Just delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely a fantastic experience. May be the best Italian in Raleigh. Excellent food and service. Greet outdoor seating. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place !!

FAQs

Bella Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 881-9778.

Bella Monica is rated 4.7 stars by 2964 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.