Bella Monica

4.7
2927 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 2927 people are saying
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JosieJuuker
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The staff was nice. This was our first time dining there and went based off the reviews. It was well worth it. We will definitely be back!

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JaredL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed my first experience there. Very nice atmosphere and very good food. The only issue which was incredibly minor was being sat in front of a door that was constantly being opened as people dined outside so we kept getting hit with a pretty chilly draft. But again that was very minor and looking forward to going back.

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CarlaB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding, as usual. I had the pumpkin ravioli, which is seasonal and worth the hour drive from our home. We had a party of 8 and were well taken care of. Bella Monica is our go-to spot in Raleigh for sure.

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BrendaH
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first date night there. Absolutely the best meal we've ever had. The caprese was perfect, my whole wheat penne and my husbands meatballs and gravy also delish, we finished with tiramisu and chocolate cake. The wine list wonderful; the waitress and other staff courteous and professional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nina was a wonderful server. We always enjoy the fresh salads and the eggplant rollatini is the best. And who can end without homemade tiramisu? Great evening on the patio

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CShaw
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Starting with slow service for drinks but improved as meal continued

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gluten free food, wonderful staff, and excellent atmosphere. Love this place!

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. We enjoyed ourselves greatly.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were great. We have been coming here for years and it has been consistently good.

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MareW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Love their Gluten-free offerings. Food is delicious. Service was wonderful.

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vipCCH3608
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Been coming here for years and it never disappoints!

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ZekeR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Staff helped us with a special request to celebrate out newlywed friends, amazing food and nothing was left on our plates. Highly recommend

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vipStevenC
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, delicious and inexpensive house red. Recommend the lasagna and the calamari pasta. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fab meal at Bella Monica! Thanks!

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Jazzygirl
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone loved their food, but my husband thought the bolognese was light and not a shady as most. We were not expecting to eat outside, but it was not too cold.

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Buckeye
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All three meals were excellent as usual. I’ve never had a bad meal here. We had pumpkin ravioli, pasta bolognese, and a flatbread pizza. The wine of the day was perfect as was our service.

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Kennethp
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch! The food and the service were both great!

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vipraleighlover
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica has been one of my favorite restaurants for many years now. The service is excellent and staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Wine list never disappoints. Specials are thoughtfully chosen and always amazing.

Absolutely recommend. Also recommend making a reservation, no matter what time you are going -- just to be sure you'll be able to be seated.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating area - did get noisy when full. Good reliable Italian cooking!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday celebration

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CathyB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service! Great gluten free food

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gardener
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

our first post-pandemic visit. excellent and always.

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BethW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and service at Bella Monica. Quick to be seated, food came out timely and very hot. Great options for anyone with gluten issues/celiac. One of our favorites in Raleigh.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic gluten free food! My wife has celiac and loves Italian, so this was a gem of a find, especially since it was her birthday celebration (the gluten free tiramisu was amazing, but I think she loved the polenta appetizer most).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

MJ
MamaJane
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food

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ClaudiaC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We met friends who were traveling through the area for a late lunch. The food and service were both outstanding. Unfortunately we sat outside and it was tremendously noisy with emergency vehicles and delivery trucks. One of the trucks did not turn their very loud engine off during the time they were unloading. I will not be sitting outside again as it was hard to converse. Bella Monica has no control over the noise, but it is something to consider.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy seats, delicious food and yummy wine. What more could you ask for. Always a good experience at Bella Monica.

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MissyQ
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was SO delicious. Was so happy we found this gem.

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LoriA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service…doesn’t get better than that

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DonnaN
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal…dependable service and fair price.

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vipNcbeerwench
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Server was great as was the food but something I noticed that bothered me was when the host/manager/owner led us outside to be seated the busser was on his way in and mgr blew right past him. Granted the restaurant has a very bad setup where everyone’s congregated by the single front door, but the action left a clear impression on me even weeks later. It seemed like there was a very clear unspoken division of labor, no friendliness/familiarity, and it made me uncomfortable. I want to support businesses that treat all employees well…I’ve worked in restaurants so I understand the behind the scenes and front of house demands; the busser was working very hard and very professional so the staff should at the minimum be respectful.

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afinediner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent. This is a very high quality restaurant.

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tricia
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great as is the service! Wine was awesome too!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Resturant is always very good. Service is excellent and prompt. I eat there often. Parking for lunch could be better but it is worth it.

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MindyG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food & service! From appetizers to deserts awesome!

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Great service, but bad food.
I have heard a lot of good things about this restaurant, but food was pretty bad. I wonder if the main chef has got changed recently.

Servers were very nice and restaurant seems pretty clean and safe about Covid stuff.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always excellent everytime we go.

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vipMatt
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great customer service as usual! My friend got the Italian wedding soup and I got the Beet & Goat Cheese salad and I added blackened chicken which was awesome! One of the favorite restaurants in Raleigh and definitely my favorite Italian restaurant!

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 2927 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.