Bella Monica

4.6
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2548 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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!

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1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service and environment were very good. Only complaint was the shrimp scampi. It didn’t taste like anything. We asked the server for more scampi sauce and when it came out it looked like just garlic in olive oil and again didn’t taste like much. The other good at the table was really good. The scampi was just disappointing.

DC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I love this restaurant and our food server was wonderful. The bartender however is just plain rude and unwelcoming. I am in the restaurant business and no way I would have him interact with my customers

l
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great dinner and great atmosphere, Service could not have been better!

SB
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food

MJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica has been one of my top 5 favs in Raleigh for many years. I’ve never had a bad experience there. The food is excellent and they have a separate gluten free menu!!! Yay!!! Great wine list! Great service! Great outdoor dining area! I love Bella Monica!

CP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first dining experience here and everything was great! I’ll definitely be going back.

E
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! It was so nice to sit outside and enjoy a spring afternoon!

M
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica is our go-to, favorite Italian restaurant in Raleigh. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu as they are all good. Tonight I had the meat lasagna (my favorite dish) and a side caesar salad and my wife had a Caesar salad and the Italian wedding soup. Her normal go to dish is the lobster ravioli which is out of this world. Our server was friendly and it was a great all around experience as it always is. They also have a fantastic wine list! Don’t forget to save room for dessert- Our favorite is the tiramisu.

SP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place for a family dinner or date night.

RM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Raleigh area. I loved the ambience, service and food. It’s little pricy though but overall it’s amazing. I go to this place on special occasions, I wish they have the live music on the weekends too.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EveRything was great as always!!!

k
Nashville
74 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our second time to eat at Bella Monica and it was equally as good as the first. We were seated promptly upon our arrival and the server came quickly for our drink orders. Our food was served promptly and it was really delicious. I ordered the veal based pasta Bolognese, which was very good. Or dinner for three with drinks and tip was $100.

DM
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grest service, great food!

OT
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Family dinner for Husband’s birthday. Great wine choices and everyone tried a different dish. All three specials made it to our table. It was very noisy and made for difficultly in conversing.
The complementary cannoli was yummy and just enough for everyone to have a bite!

RS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bella Monica never disappoints. Food is great, service is always excellent and they always make you feel special.

JC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best eggplant rollitini & stuffed shells. All the food is so good!

JA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 of 6 thought all was excellent, One commented that the $4 coffee was kinda pricy and not very good. I loved everything.

MP
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious !
It is our go to restaurant for our gluten free family members too.

AS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food tasted so good. Italian aroma and flavor all the way. Enjoyed our visit!

CC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved it!

L
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our service was fabulous!

MG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got a last minute reservation for Valentines Day and it was fantastic! The lasagna delicious. We will definitely return.

L
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love Bella Monica. The food is always excellent. We had a lovely lunch in an atmosphere that allowed for good conversation. We were in and out in an hour easily with time to relax and enjoy. The wait staff gave us good guidance when asked about menu items. At night, we particularly love the bar and the selection of wine by the glass.

C
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Menu has large variety, food is always great, atmosphere is pleasant. Service was very slow and it wasn't even crowded on a Monday night as it typically is.

DG
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Price is fair fir the food quality. Nice wine list

LA
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and I am very glad our friends recommended it! Service was great and everyone was super friendly!

RR
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved our experience!

CT
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Too many chiefs and no indians. There were more guys in collared shirts standing around than staff willing to serve. We made a reservation and then were sat right in-front of the door, every time it opened we got a freezing draft. The service was disappointing and the food was lack-luster. We ordered pizzas and salad, wine & beer. We sat for over 1 hour without food, while other tables around us that came in after us were served. We mentioned that is was taking a while and we had to leave soon for a game - and the response was "everyone is headed to the game" rather than helping to expedite the food, or letting us know a timeline. We had a 5:30 reservation and didn't get out before 7. We will never come back.

RV
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always dependable for high quality food and service. Got to say that I was not in love with their homemade pasta for the Mestballs/gravy (red sauce). But meatballs and sauce are delicious.

TB
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely table of ladies in the room with us celebrating a birthday and they made the experience even more enjoyable. Our table of 6 was handled with no hesitation and no sense of rush, just calm, attentive staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service excellent. We did have to wait a little longer for our entrees than I would have liked but the food is so fresh and yummy. The BrusselSprouts are a must as well as the little Italian tuna stuffed peppers!

DH
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always...thanks for continuing your commitment to Quality!

L
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bell Monica is excellent- The food, service, and atmosphere! I highly recommend this restaurant.

D
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Initially, the service was slow, but improved quickly. Food was good.

C
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special trout dish was delicious! Always a special treat.

DT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

L
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Food and service were good as usual. Had a party of five with reservation and were seated in a very back room that had three tables, all unoccupied. Some people might like eating alone but we enjoy the atmosphere and vibrancy of a busy restaurant. Would prefer to have waited instead of sitting where we did but were not offered a choice. The room was dismal at best. Not a good dining experience.

HC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance in the restaurant is lovely. The food was delicious and the focaccia bread served prior to the meal was the best complimentary bread I have ever been served. The appetizers did not come out prior to the meal (which was no inconvenience at all to my party) but the manager made note of this and gave us all cannolis to make up for the timing error. Certainly not necessary but proved that great service is important at Bella Monica and we were very thankful for the meal and the staff going above and beyond for their patrons.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bella Monica. Some may think its hard to find in the shopping center as its not blatantly labeled, but its well worth the ambiance and more importantly the food. The staff is incredibly friendly and so is their menu (they cater to food allergies better than most restaurants - check out their website). Its a nice little gem.

WA
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It is always great. I am so thankful for the gluten-free items.

Our waitress, Anna I believe, did a great job with service and wine selection.

And manager Ben made sure to check with us, as did one other manager who’s name I did not get.