Bella Monica

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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 2007-2018. 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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family size servings. Great taste!

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was spot on spectacular

MF
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! They also have an excellent GF menu and really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. We’ll definitely visit again!!

SX
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella Monica never disappoints!

I'm GF and their GF pasta products are flavorful and possess a great texture. Always enjoy them!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Treated well

C
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. We'll be back...there are many things on the menu we'd like to try.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and service was excellent, but the food could be improved. The stromboli dough was under cooked, too much seasoning on the pork and the stuffed shells were very bland.

R
Raleigh
62 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pumpkin ravioli amazing service was amazing wine was amazing

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder little place. Always excellent service and many food choices.

JG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always. Such a treat!

TB
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu and excellent food.

v
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiting on a table of 11 is difficult and your staff handles it efficiently and managed to get everyone’s order correct with a smile. The food arrived hot and delicious. We were celebrating a special birthday and you made it special for everyone.

P
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always book a reservation for my wife and son’s joint birthday. We’ve been doing this for years now. It’s been enjoyable and delicious every time!

CF
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Unlike during all past visits, this time the bread was literally stale and chewy. Not warm and fresh. Service was lacking - perhaps the server was not having a great day on Thursday but we felt like there was lack of attentiveness and general disinterest in serving us. Main course was good and so was the tiramisu at the end.

H
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a standard business lunch with a colleague. We both had salads with some protein. The food was fresh and delicious. The service was great. I definitely recommend Bella Monica for a good meal and business conversation.

OT
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We did gluten free menu which had a lot of options. The stuffed shells were wonderful, the caprese salad delicious.

E
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful, as always! The food never disappoints, and the staff, servers, etc. go out of their way to be sure everything is as it should be. This is one of my very favorite restaurants in Raleigh. Thanks!!

WB
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very busy, the food was good but not great, it felt a bit more like volume was more important then the overall dining experience.
They are trying hard it has just lost a bit of it homemade, high touch feel.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great meal and experience

OT
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood restaurant that gave us great food and a really nice atmosphere while visiting the area. Outstanding service and delicious wine selection.

AO
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must go to every time I come back home that never seems to fail!

PC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great food! We went for a birthday lunch and they called back to see who it was for and extra attention was given we arrived.

DH
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional quality food and great service as well as atmosphere. I also appreciate the consistency of outstanding food and service each time I dine there.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a group of seven of us. We were seated timely, our service was wonderful and all entrées were delicious. We had a great time.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food as always.

DB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was spectacular. Everything our waitress recommenced was great?

LK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for our anniversary dinner, the food was all excellent...had the flat bread which was very tasty.

C
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Best selection of gluten free Italian food around. Can't wait to return!

OT
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience for our first time at Bella Monica. I found this place at the top of an online list for gluten-free restaurants in Raleigh and it did not disappoint. My newly gluten-free girlfriend loved the entirely separate menu and the food was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Easily the best Italian in Raleigh. The restaraunt is almost always busy and loud. Be prepared for that. The "neopolitan" pizza is just the same crust as the flatbread with sauce but is still very good.

f
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Above and beyond service!! Thank you Jenny!!! Amazing experience!

RK
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a business lunch in a group with dietary restrictions. The service was outstanding and there was something for everyone on the menu

DA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we picked Bella Monica. Made a reservation but found it was for Outdoor Seating. One of the ladies is extremely sensitive to bug bites, so I called and spoke to Derek. He immediately assured me that we would be seated indoors. When we arrived, Derek showed us to our seats in the back room. We were very pleased with our seating. We all enjoyed our dinners and so appreciate that y'all have Gluten Free choices for those of us who need it. It was an excellent dining experience. We will most definitely get together again at Bella Monica.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, great service and dependable. Been coming here since I moved here a year ago.

MW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! This was our third or fourth trip there. We live in Richmond and celebrated my wife's birthday in Raleigh specifically to eat at Bella Monica. The Gluten Free menu is second to none. Well done!

TR
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been eating at Bella Monica for years. It is my favorite go to spot for dates or friends. This most recent visit I was with a friend who said that it was the best Tiramisu that he'd ever had and he has traveled extensively in Italy. I love sharing this restaurant with friends because they always have a "WOW" moment with the food and the service is always impeccable.

G
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service at this restaurant is excellent and you will probably have enough food for dinner the next day. I highly recommend.

BL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I always enjoy this place, the food is delicious and it never gets too loud. It's a good place to meet up with friends for a nice dinner, or a good date spot.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wine. One of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

H
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had great service and special attention for my friend's birthday! :)

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