Bella Monica

4.7
2694 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 2694 people are saying
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vipAnne
Raleigh
60 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipTbone
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Great Food!!!

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vipMattG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal for wife’s birthday. Our server Jenny was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipAnnie
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We loved our waitress. 😊

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sevial
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Everything about this place is just okay. Went on a rainy Friday afternoon. There is nothing special here. You can find cuisine, service, ambience anywhere without having to make a special trip.

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Selonk
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visiting Bella Monica and I was not disappointed. I ordered a flatbread and it was much larger than anticipated with lots of meat and vegetables. The social distancing was safe and I enjoyed my lunch.

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KristinB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, excellent observation of Covid protocol. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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Kwags
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had our reservation, gave us a nice clean booth with plenty of room away from others.
Waiter Dan was excellent even had the chief changes sauces on their special dish of the night so good. Food was hot and so good. best Pasta choices in Raleigh.

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MommaJR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica is my favorite restaurant in Raleigh. The gluten free menu is THE BEST in town! Excellent wine list too. The staff are always amazing - great food/drink suggestions and great service! Dan was our server and he's fantastic. Thanks Dan!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my son. Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice! Food was good!

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vipLisaR
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great friendly service. Always fun to sit at the bar.

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AbigailH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great service and food! It was my first time, so I will be back.

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Boho
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, very quiet atmosphere and the food was delicious. We had the Spinach stuffed shells, shrimp scampi and lasagna. Wife said it was the best lasagna she has had. Also enjoyed the garlic cheese bread and a great selection of wines.

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GX2000
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food is OK. But don't get their Brussel sprouts--was burned. The waitress was terrible: spilled water on our table without apologizing, showed annoyance when we ask water without ice, had an attitude so bad that my son was nervous whenever she came by to our table to deliver food and drink. I Will not go back.

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skylark
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was amazing. They made me feel loved and special on my birthday.

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vipCatpen
Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and I loved that there was outdoor dining!

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Sammy
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The week my wife and I moved to this area we stopped in to Bella Monica to see the menu and picked up a business card. We then proceeded to go a few doors down to a coffee shop where the barista saw the card in my hand and told me "you just found the best Italian restaurant in the Triangle". It has lived up to that billing to this very day. Authentic Italian experience and food, attentive and knowledgeable service, broad wine selection, romantic ambiance, need I say more?

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Waiting for dinner was well over an hour which I understand on a Sat. night ,but my family had to get back to SC. Everything else was wonderful otherwise. I have been coming to Bella Monica for 20 years and have never had a bad meal.

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DonS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night food was delicious love the Calamari appetizer it's sautéed not fried Pair that with eggplant Rollatini

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. Felt very safe with their covid precautions

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DennisF
Wilmington
28 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. First time there and will return the next time in Raleigh.

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RJT49
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite bistro!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is always prompt and polite. Food ams atmosphere amazing!

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JulioV
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific and we didn't feel rushed, even though we had finished our meal and were just chatting. They also have a great gluten free menu with multiple items compared to most Italian restaurants in the area.

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RestCrit
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Excellent food! The narrow hall makes the ambiance strange and the rear food delivery door traffic was distracting.

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vipChuckC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. Dan took great care of us. We all enjoyed our meals and getting out. They did everything possible to space people out and make us comfortable for a nice dinner out. We will be back.

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davidd
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Well done on short notice for 9 guests. Excellent italian wine list.

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MommaJR
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bella Monica is “our restaurant” when I’m going out with my daughter and one of her best friends. We have “our fav table” outside but it’s always an excellent experience wherever we sit. The relaxed atmosphere is very much appreciated as were 9+ months into the covid19 hell of 2020, there’s something for everyone on the menu. I am EXTREMELY grateful to have fantastic gluten-free and vegetarian options! And the wine is divine! 😁 WE LOVE YOU BELLA MONICA!

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Martha
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great baked ziti and chocolate cake. Outside patio has heaters and a nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good time and great food and service!

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LaraineC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!
Best gluten free bread I’ve ever had!
They offer gluten free and dairy free foods, and they’re delicious!

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vipDonnaB
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and the food is go good. The service is pleasant and the food comes out quickly.

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HungryDiner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for lunch for the first time with a friend who had been many times. Was not disappointed! I had the Caesar salad with grilled chicken and anchovies added, and it was light, fresh, an oh so tasty. The anchovies, especially, were the best; not the typical ones you get out of a can, but less salty premium versions. I loved it! We chose outdoor seating on a cool autumn day, and was very comfortable under the overhead heater they have installed. I would recommend Bella Monica to anyone who wants to try something new.

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vipBHJ1970
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing eggplant rollatini! Wish they would add the veal sliders back to the menu. Zitti was out of this world as usual!

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TimW
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Pasta dishes were bland
Very disappointed

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megans
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Bella Monica was absolutely amazing. It’s definitely the best service I’ve received in a long time. They were very patient and accommodating for our large party. Kept our drinks full and were always checking on us (but not in an annoying way). The food was outstanding. I got the baked ziti and I will probably go back for it soon. The waitress gave excellent wine recommendations. We were celebrating and birthday and they brought out a complimentary cannoli with a candle in it. We will definitely be returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always!

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Lizz
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Raleigh. Great service and great price. Gluten free options.

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 2694 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.