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Bella Monica

4.7
4.7
3114 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 881-9778

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Corbett Monica

  • Catering

    Let us bring our homemade Italian food to you at your home, office or special event venue. Catering from 10-100 people. Available for staffed, non-staffed, pick up or delivery events. Sundays at our Nana’s house were special. They began when we entered Nana’s house and the smell of the ‘gravy’ simmering on the stove would greet us at the door. Nana would fly out of the kitchen to pinch our cheeks, give us hugs, and lead us to the table full of food saying “mangia, mangia”. Sundays with Nana were days where everything seemed to stop for family and friends; everything except for pasta. Aunts, uncles and cousins would trickle into Nana’s home throughout the day to take their places at the table. The day never seemed to end. We would sit for hours sharing food and laughter with one another. Though the day would begin and end with food, the time spent with our family really made those days special. It is our hope and passion to recreate those long, special Sundays at Nana’s table.

  • Private party facilities

    Bella Monica’s Private Dining Room is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. We offer extraordinary food, in an intimate setting, with gracious hospitality. Our completely private room can accommodate 18 guests seated or 35 guests standing. Additionally

  • Private party contact

    Ben Hunter: (919) 881-9778

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads

  • Parking details

    Large, shopping center lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Raleigh

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Raleigh

    Outdoor Dining

  • Raleigh

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet enough so we could talk to each other, great romantic atmosphere, good food too!
  2. PN

    PamN

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been coming to Bella Monica since the first week it opened. It is our go-to neighborhood favorite place to meet with friends and family and it has never disappointed.
  3. RB

    ReviewsBySJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Definitely recommend, delicious food and a great ambiance!
  4. F

    Fastfunfitfood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food especially for those with restrictions.
  5. KE

    KimE

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Food was delicious, server helpful with respect to wine suggestions and thoughts on the menu. Lively ambience. Great local restaurant!
  6. t

    tjl1

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was great! The sauce for the spaghetti and meatball was plain however the meatballs themselves were tasty. I should have got the Baked Zita which was very very good.
  7. m

    merrrymonk

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    It was a busy day. Food was good, but service was really slow, utensils were dirty and they only had one salad dressing and the salad came dressed rather than on the side. Been there many times, but this was not our best experience.
  8. D

    Durham

    Raleigh

    231 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, flatbreads and stromboli. The day was cold and those waiting for a table and those servers taking food to those in the enclosed outside area meant that an open door let in quite a bit of cold air. That really is my only complaint. The draft was sometimes considerable and therefore cold. But the food was wonderful.
  9. JG

    JayG

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Helpful service, great food! This remains one of the best places in the Triangle for diners with food allergies
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always.
  11. BK

    BetsyK

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    As usual, the food was great. Unfortunately, the table where we sat was so poorly lit that it was hard to read the menu and converse with those sitting across from me.
  12. CH

    CyndiH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They treated us so well! Going back every chance I get!
  13. MM

    MarkM

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Back area of booths was very dark. We had to use flashlights. We usually sit by the windows.
  14. JG

    JulieG

    Raleigh

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed dinner with friends. It was our first visit and we will definitely come and try it again!
  15. P

    Profoodie

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as always! I was dining with a friend whom I had not seen in several months. Leslie was our server, along with someone she was training, and they were both wonderful. Leslie gave us top notch recommendations from the seasonal menu. So we had a great catch-up and a great dining experience; who could ask for more? Thanks, Bella Monica❤️
  16. GC

    GaryC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    It was the perfect venue for two friends catching up after two eventful months. The food was great, but the service seemed a little slow for the perceived number of customers.
  17. IF

    IndFamMan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The only authentic Italian restaurant In RTP area.
  18. JL

    JeffL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner. Had pumpkin ravioli and pork tenderloin with fennel
  19. SF

    SFLDiner

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Overall a very good experience, and highly recommended.
  20. EG

    EvanG

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and services as always!
  21. B

    Beaches

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Food, Excellent Service. Always love our visits to Bella.
  22. DS

    DebraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food in town! Excellent service. Enjoyed every bite and sip.
  23. BC

    BarbC

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for dinner before heading to a Carolina Hurricanes game. This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with very friendly and very efficient service. The menu is a nicely curated list of options with something for every taste. The Baked Ziti is a generous portion with a delicious "crust" of sauce and cheese on top, very rustic flavor. The menu also includes a great selection of wines. We'll be back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are on the patio and had a wonderful time. I always reserve patio seating specifically to minimize the ambient noise levels. Excellent restaurant
  25. J

    Julio

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here and we enjoyed it. This was one of the better Italian meals that we have had in the area, especially the lasagna. Portions were plentiful and had great flavor. The food took a while to come out but we were fine with it because we were not on a time crunch. Our sever was attentive and the manager check up on us periodically. I would definitely recommend getting reservations because it was just in there even later on in the evening. I would recommend this place and will definitely be back.
  26. MS

    MarinaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress had excellent recommendations, and we definitely plan to go back to try more of the menu items.
  27. BD

    BillD

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lots of traffic
  28. L

    Lizzy

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. We generally eat here twice a month and food is always good. I got the pumpkin ravioli which was recommended and it was fabulous! Highly recommend. Will be back soon hopefully in time to get another ravioli special !
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We arrived a few minutes before our 7:00 reservation and were seated right away. We ordered an appetizer - crab flatbread - while awaiting one additional person in our party. It came after about 10 minutes and was very good. The size was larger than expected - enough to serve 4-6 people (should include this on the menu). We ordered three different entrees - a Chicken Parm, a Franco flatbread, and a Rigatoni Bolognese. The parm and Rigatoni were excellent while the flatbread was just decent. Finally, we ordered a dessert for the birthday person - an Apple crostata. It was okay - the biggest issue was that it took at least 10 minutes to arrive at the table. All in all, it was a good experience. It had been several years since I dined there last and I remember all my previous experiences to be 5-stars. So, maybe staffing issues played a part in this last meal.
  30. HG

    HirenG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fantastic experience! I was a little disappointed cause they were giving Cannoli's to everyone who had a birthday, and I expressed that both of my parents had a birthday, but they forgot to bring them cannolis. But other than that, awesome experience. Great food, great staff, great time!
  31. KT

    KevinT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Entrees are limited in complexity. Basic Italian menu. No merlot option for wine, which was unusual considering wine selection book multiple pages
  32. M

    Mmmmm

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a nice evening. Waitress was new.. very nice and helpful. Eggplant rollatini was delicious.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Wonderful ambiance and will definitely be back again!
  34. a

    artgirl

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have enjoyed Bella Monica for many years. Recently took out of town guests there and they were pleasantly surprised that this unobtrusive location was so wonderful…great service, pleasant staff and excellent menu! Thanks!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Took my girlfriend out there for the first time, decided to sit outdoors. The restaurant has a very nice scenery with music in the background. She enjoyed it
  36. JO

    JOEMAV

    Raleigh

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Still the best eggplant and meatballs in Raleigh.
  37. M

    Montreal1

    Charlotte

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great and they made a big deal out of it being our anniversary which was nice!
  39. SM

    SheyenneM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bella Monica has consistently been an amazing restaurant experience. The food is delicious, the staff are attentive, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Highly recommend!
  40. CS

    ChrisS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, service was excellent. Many good gluten-free options.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 3114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Bella Monica

3121-103 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Large, shopping center lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Corbett Monica

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 881-9778

  • Catering

    Let us bring our homemade Italian food to you at your home, office or special event venue. Catering from 10-100 people. Available for staffed, non-staffed, pick up or delivery events. Sundays at our Nana’s house were special. They began when we entered Nana’s house and the smell of the ‘gravy’ simmering on the stove would greet us at the door. Nana would fly out of the kitchen to pinch our cheeks, give us hugs, and lead us to the table full of food saying “mangia, mangia”. Sundays with Nana were days where everything seemed to stop for family and friends; everything except for pasta. Aunts, uncles and cousins would trickle into Nana’s home throughout the day to take their places at the table. The day never seemed to end. We would sit for hours sharing food and laughter with one another. Though the day would begin and end with food, the time spent with our family really made those days special. It is our hope and passion to recreate those long, special Sundays at Nana’s table.

  • Private party facilities

    Bella Monica’s Private Dining Room is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. We offer extraordinary food, in an intimate setting, with gracious hospitality. Our completely private room can accommodate 18 guests seated or 35 guests standing. Additionally

  • Private party contact

    Ben Hunter: (919) 881-9778

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