Bella Monica

4.7
2727 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 2727 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Bartender very personable and knowledgeable on wine selection. Food was amazing.

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KevinM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night, thanks for a wonderful evening!

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WinnieL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fairly tight COVID appointments. But very good spacing in restaurant. Felt safe

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service and food was excellent! Went on a rainy Friday night and our other guests were late due to the weather but we weren’t rushed and all was as fabulous as always!!

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Dpull
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Raleigh restaurant. Always delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I was super impressed with the extra thoughtful service from our wait staff person. Since I came from a fasting lab test, she was very quick to bring me bread while I waited for my friend to arrive. I also ordered a pizza to go, to be picked up a few hours later and even had to change the pickup time once. She handled it all beautifully, and delivered it to me piping hot at curbside pick up. Many thanks for a wonderful experience!

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vipBarbara
Raleigh
50 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience although they seated us next to a large party table towards the back so the noise was a bit rough. But the food was delish and we will be bavk

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vipDawnG
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Wine selection wonderful. Our waitress recommended a great wine and the servers did their jobs

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DebraM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience1

The sitting outside only type reservation for a night that was in the 30s was, in a word, ridiculous. We asked for a seat at the bar, and after we were seated outside, they gave the bar seats that came available to someone else! It took over 1/2 hour from ordering to get our appetizers and soups, which came together, followed by dinner 5 minutes later. VERY POOR MANAGEMENT. I dont blame the waitress. We paid $200 to freeze and get our food late and then heaped on us within minutes.

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vipMelissaF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Normally have a great experience but this time was just ok. Just must have been an off night because I normally love the food! I appreciate how great they are with Gluten Free.

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Neyruquin
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Experience! A restaurant that gets it all right! Food and service was exceptional!
Staff was great. I accidentally booked the wrong date for a party of 9 and they were so understanding and accommodated us! My husband were able to surprise our family members with news of our first baby on the way. Had they not worked with us, the night would have such a bad memory... but the staff and manager made it a great night!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent. The gravy is lite with great flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great!

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Argenti
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place to go fir a casual night out.
The atmosphere is very nice and busy. The goid is very good abs worth the cost. The wait staff very nice just need to do a better job with their timing. All of our food including appetizers came out back to back if not at once.
The tiramisu is excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute and cozy restaurant. The pizza and salad was amazing!

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Walt
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've eaten there a number of times. This time we went early so it was pretty quiet. Service was great food great also. Wish their supplier would get back to supplying some of the gluten free shells.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service!

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vipGayle
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was awesome. Very romantic and food was excellent with the best service.

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AlexiaM
Adelaide
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!

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JeffW
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very gluten free friendly and all of the food was delicious. A nice choice for our Valentines Day dinner.

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HaleyH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! If you are Gluten free I highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday for partner

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ElizabethO
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delightful and delicious!

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Kevin
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had an excellent dinner out with my daughter. Great atmosphere and fantastic food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing and the portions were big. I’ll definitely be back

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vipBuffalogirl
Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to Bella Monica for almost 20 years!! the quality and the service are always fantastic.. Best Italian in the triangle!

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disappointed
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I'd wanted to go to Bella Monica for a long time, based on so many 4- or 5-star reviews. We went for lunch; we sat in a booth that was very darkly lit, so it was hard to read the menu. Now, I'm in my mid-60's, but even so, I've never had that experience before. The lights couldn't be adjusted. I order meatballs for an appetizer to share with friends and the balsamic chicken. The food was okay but nothing to right home about. The bill with tax and tip came to $40. That's a lot of money for lunch. I would not go back.

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KelliR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made my mom feel very special on her birthday. Server was excellent.

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KellyR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday celebration for my mom's 80th. The service, staff and food were impeccable. They made us feel warm, comfortable and they catered to all of our needs.
We will not soon forget what a memorable experience we had. Thank You So Much!

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KimW
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set up for outdoor dining during COVID! Warm yet plenty of fresh moving air.

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vipMeA08
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always! Love this place!!

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vipAnne
Raleigh
61 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipTbone
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Great Food!!!

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vipMattG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal for wife’s birthday. Our server Jenny was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipAnnie
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We loved our waitress. 😊

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sevial
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Everything about this place is just okay. Went on a rainy Friday afternoon. There is nothing special here. You can find cuisine, service, ambience anywhere without having to make a special trip.

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Selonk
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visiting Bella Monica and I was not disappointed. I ordered a flatbread and it was much larger than anticipated with lots of meat and vegetables. The social distancing was safe and I enjoyed my lunch.

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KristinB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, excellent observation of Covid protocol. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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 2727 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.