Bella Monica

4.6
2905 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 2905 people are saying
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CharlotteJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed Bella Monica but my friend wasn't as enthusiastic. She liked the dish I ordered more than hers!

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Micah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience, I love the mood light on the table.

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AlanT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

$40 for a bowl of pasta and a medium pizza? My daughter couldn’t taste the pasta and my pizza was drenched in olive oil and so salty I barely ate any.
No thank you.

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Foxy
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was good, i loved it, truly my favorite place to go in the raleigh area

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food, service and experience were great!! Wine list is great, we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bella Monica was a yummy Italian experience. It's in between being upscale and just a simple dinner out. I think next time I would request a table not too close to the takeout counter and the bar area. Overall a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bella Monica was recommended as one of the restaurants to go to in Raleigh on several sources.

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BethC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really delicious food. Good Italian wine last. Will go there again

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Woody
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor dining is lovely. Indoor dining is way too dark

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NancyC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bella Monica and always come here for birthdays and anniversaries! Excellent food, excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Disappointed is an understatement. I have loved and highly recommended this place for years, but after my experience yesterday evening, I will never return and certainly never recommend this place again. Our table wasn’t ready until 20 minutes after our confirmed reservation time (8pm), the bartender was rude as we waited for our table, our entrees were delivered to the table for 2 out of 3 people, the 3rd person’s food was completely forgotten, we ordered wine and were told that we would not be served any further because the restaurant closes at 9pm and it was 9:05pm, we were not offered dessert which we had planned to order, and last but not least - as we were waiting for our checks, two patrons walked out and said to us, “y’all better hurry up and leave, they’re in there talking about you.” I have never in my life had a more awful experience. When I spoke with the manager immediately after hearing this, he vehemently denied that anyone was talking about us, he did not apologize for the poor service we received, and then tried to offer his business card so that we could contact him if we ever have any issues in the future. The worst part is that I had a guest from out of town and I had talked this place up so much, only to have our night ruined by the terrible service. 0/10 would not recommend. Raleigh has so many other options for a much better dining experience.

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MikeS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and very friendly staff, particularly Jenny.

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Ladyrdx
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and wine!

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JoseJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food excellent but waitress never told us about specials. We overheard the bartender telling people sitting near us

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vipNorm
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First visit to Bella Monica and I was underwhelmed. Limited menu choices and food in general was standard fare.

The two things that were pleasant surprises were their wine choices were impresssive, even by the glass, and their flat bread was excellent, more like thin crust pizza. Also, they do seem to have sufficient wait staff, unlike many places I've been to lately. In retrospect, there was more positive than negative. Also, beware if you haven't been there before, kind of tricky to find.

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tricia
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered great wine and Italian dishes and salad. All quite good. We did have take home boxes and also the bread is awesome!

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DNTE
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch outside with friends. Good food and service for a reasonable price.

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vipMaine63
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been eating here for months since moving to Raleigh. The food is exceptionally good and they have a very well thought out Italian wine list. It's always busy so I highly recommend getting a reservation. One of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh.

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vipLadyrider
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New wait person who was so very polite, even when the non-alcoholic adult beverage I requested was unavailable.

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vipKellyS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meat Ball appetizer is amazing, Bake Ziti and Lasagna are to die fore.

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vipLisaR
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was amazing.

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Foodiegirl
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice office lunch to celebrate a professional achievement. We sat on the covered patio during a pouring rainstorm and stayed dry. Lovely. Food was very good also. Spedio, sautéed calamari salad, roasted pear salad, beetroot salad, and soup were all delicious.
Service was efficient and unobtrusive.
Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! This is becoming our go-to neighborhood spot.

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Anna
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Loved all of the gluten free options and how careful they were. Kid friendly and Covid safe.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best gluten free options at a restaurant I’ve been to in a long time. Don’t miss the GF focaccia bread - it was amazing.

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vipKhaki
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We eat at Bella Monica often and there are no surprises. It is consistently good.

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Lili
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday here as this is one of my fave restaurants. Food was as fabulous as usual. Our server, Justin, was attentive and helpful with wine selections. They had a Happy Birthday message in chalk on the sidewalk that I saw on the way out. Nice gesture! thanks to Bella Monica for a nice bday dinner with family!

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vipShannonA
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our local, regular stop for lunch or dinner. We ended up giving up our table to someone who didn't have a reservation in favor of sitting at the bar. Alex, behind the bar always gives us amazing service! And a big thank you to Ben for always being such a great general manager! :-)

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food!! Shared a large pizza and the Mozzarella garlic bread (YUM) and it was plenty of food!! The music playing seemed a bit off from the Italian vibe, but overall, it was great!

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vipJ2019
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal portabello mushroom ravioli
Love their creative cooking

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very happy with the service and ambiance of the restaurant. The food was delicious and I will definitely be going again

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LLiv
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Great food and good wine. Definitely plan on returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had reservations and a couple of people that didn’t have reservations got seated before us. We kept being told that they were getting our table ready meanwhile that wasn’t true and a table we saw leave ended up being ours. Food was good and service was good just a little frustrating about the table situation clearly a table was not available for our reservations and they were waiting for people to leave. It was freezing inside the ac was down too low not even my wine and hot food warmed me up.
However it is one of our Go to spots to come to for special occasions and we refer to friends, we will be back.

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HollyB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Excited about all the things on the menu I still need to try!

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vipsourtherngirlinthecity
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the place to reserve for a lunch date with friends!

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CarolynH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Belle Monica is our hands down favorite for Italian food.
Always a wonderful meal.

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CarlF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The waitress ruined the evening. She took a very long time to ever serve us. She didn’t write anything down and got our drinks and desserts wrong. Constantly had to wait for drinks and never one apology

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. I was here celebrating a birthday. We settled on a table since the booths were all taken. A booth came available, but it was a hassle to move things.
The booths offer better privacy, more comfort, more protection from traffic, so if you can get one go that route.

The food was very satisfying, and I forgot about the seating. I enjoyed the food and the experience here. Everyone takes good care of the customers, and I noticed a camaraderie amongst the employees. They are team players and support one another.

We enjoyed the meatball Appetizer.
The Chicken Parmesan and the Lasagna entrees. They even brought over a complimentary glass of wine for the Birthday we celebrated.
If I'm not mistaken the sister restaurant Stellino's Italiano. I've eaten there and enjoyed it. I knew this experience would be just as great.

Will I go back? Yes
Will I share my experience with friends and family? Absolutely.

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vipBHJ1970
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was just ok today. Prices have gone up but quality has gone down.

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vipBarbara
Raleigh
77 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious lunch. We sat inside as it was too hot out. We could talk and enjoy out time together.

FAQs

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

Bella Monica is rated 4.6 stars by 2905 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.