Bella Monica

4.7
2831 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 2831 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrianC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The food is amazing and the staff is awesome. This is definitely my favorite Italian restaurant in NC. I come from an Italian family and their food rivals my own family's recipes. Highly recommend!

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CharlettaE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Italian restaurant! Always the best service and the food is amazing. We always take our guest here when we have visitors.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica is great with Gluten Free.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Graduation

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PBJ1
Raleigh
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for a very good Italian inspired meal.

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RitaL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience. We enjoyed Bella Monica! 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

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EliseS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff, food was delicious. Very friendly to our two kids.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful that you can reserve an outdoor table. Fantastic gluten-free menu. They accommodated so easily for dairy-free too. Food was delicious.

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vipVickieB
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual…everything was fantastic! We shared the mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and got arugula salads with salmon. Perfection :-)

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vipJohnS
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dinner average. Friendly staff

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foodbuff
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They really take care of GF diners here. Special menu, really good GF focaccia bread, polenta appetizer is also quite good. I had the Gf penne Bolognese which was very tasty.

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WHConley
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Bella Monica for an anniversary dinner. Although it had rained earlier, the patio seating was covered and comfortable for an evening dinner. The food and service were both excellent. The staff were friendly and made our evening very enjoyable. One of us is gluten free, and Bella Monica makes it super easy to eat gluten free, including GF bread, chicken parm, and tiramisu.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Felt very rushed. Entree came before our appetizer was done. Lasagna wasn’t good. Very mushy and overcooked.
We were excited to come to Bella Monica as we had heard good things about it. We left very disappointed

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AnnieB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. The food was incredible and the service was just as good. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice informal atmosphere- good Italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine and food - awesome gluten free menu

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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JeffreyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. It was good to be back, and Bella Monica has opened post-pandemic very nicely with both indoor and outdoor seating. All staff were masked, and patrons could choose whether to mask or not (presuming folks were honest about their vaccination status!). Large portions. Looking forward to more of the Bella Monica dinner tonight at home!

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HarrietM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just celebrated a birthday last Tuesday at Bella Monica, having never been there. It was exceptional from the call I got asking for the celebrant's name so they could acknowledge the occasion to the outstanding desserts we enjoyed - including a complimentary birthday cannoli! Everything was delicious and well prepared: the appetizers were creative, delicious and beautifully presented (not to mention HUGE); the dinner selections were equally diverse and every single dish we had was perfectly cooked, full of flavor and also large. I am always hesitant to order salmon as it is usually overcooked - but not at Bella Monica - it was juicy, tender and oh so tasty. The wine selection was also perfectly matched to the food and when we asked for a recommendation on the second bottle, our waiter's choice was thoughtful and spot-on!

The service was excellent. The entire waitstaff was attentive without hovering and gave us time to enjoy each course. Our main waiter was really (really - not just trained-to-be) knowledgeable about the food and the wine, and helped us to make tough choices that resulted in the perfect meal. The ambiance also had a really good vibe - energetic up front and a subdued enough by the tables to enjoy dinner conversation but without losing the great atmosphere. Phenomenal play list all night as well!

We found Bella Monica to be a great dining experience with exceptional food, great wine and superior service in a delightful ambiance. It was excellent value as well and we will make Bella Monica one of our go-to choices when we want to thoroughly enjoy a special dining experience.

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SusannahC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bella. Wonderful Gluten Free options. Excellent attention to detail in making our anniversary special

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vipKarenV
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! I tried the Italian “shrimp and grits” and it was outstanding.

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SamanthaV
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica is always good! They consistently serve high quality and delicious food. We love the mussels crema, squid ink linguine, and tiramisu.

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vipJacquelineW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was our first time there after great referral source from a co-worker. The food was great. I was a little disappointed that the server didn't share the special of the day until I later remembered & said I saw something on your website but isn't on the menu & he shared well you can get it next time. I shared that I was accustomed to wait service sharing the special especially after sharing the it was our very first visit. Moving forward the mussels were outstanding. We were a little concerned that the appetizer dishes were not removed from the table once they brought our main course to us. So we had to eat with a table full of mussel shells and the bowl they were in. Service was a 3 because of that because they removed main course dishes & still left the appetizer dishes on the table. They did remove them before us receiving our dessert. Because the food was delicious & the wine as well absolutely outstanding, we did leave a generous tip. I am so looking forward to going back.

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Perfect venue for our group.

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vipWayneA
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Relaxed attentive service

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kjwnc
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place!

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KenJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food with great service. The chicken parmigiana & pasta with meatballs were delicious. We will be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem with quality authentic Italian. We ordered the meatballs and shared the shrimp pasta. The drinks were really great and something you can’t find anywhere else. Loved it!

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KhyaH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My visit was overall great. The food was amazing. Very classy and professional would definitely recommend.

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KayS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Several interesting menu items in addition to the traditional Italian dishes. Blue berry cheesecake for dessert was fabulous.

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SuzieR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a date night here and we sat at the bar. This place is small and tables are crammed in inside and outside but, the food was good and they have a great wine selection. The bartender was very helpful with our wine selections.

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ChristineP
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bella Monica, and thoroughly enjoyed this time!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella is my favorite Raleigh restaurant. Food and service were exceptional and even the casa vino was quite acceptable.

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BrianJ
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mother’s Day celebration! As always, the food, service and ambience were awesome! We always look forward to Bella Monica.

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vipHummingbird
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Food was mediocre at best. We've been coming here for 10 years and it's just not what it used to be.

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JDB3
Raleigh
70 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first in=person visit in more than a year was outstanding in all respects from start to finish!

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Dpull
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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bajhaH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had an okay experience made a reservation and yet still waited 15 mins after. The bar kept was okay, seems like he was new. The hostess and our server were great. However we sat across the bar and we could hear a very political conversation that didn’t sit right with us and made us feel very very uncomfortable. we felt as a public place conversations like that should’ve been nonexistent and the bar kept should’ve directed the conversation in a different direction.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
131 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Liked the chicken Parmesan, shrimp dish, pasta with sauce and cheese. Not so much the chicken pizza.

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Ladyrider
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant and eating outside was super fun. So glad to be able to return!

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 2831 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.