Bella Monica

4.7
2921 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 2921 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JohnM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. We enjoyed ourselves greatly.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MW
MareW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCCH3608
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 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.

BW
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.

MQ
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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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!

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vipKarenV
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!! The pumpkin ravioli was excellent and perfect for the season.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This group of fiends loves to meet at Bella Monica. It never disappoints.

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BrianU
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate the bar. Food and wine were great as always. I sure do miss the Gluten Free pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love the food and the restaurant. The wait for good was a bit long. It took an hour for the apps and another fir the entrees. I think we were stuck behind a big banquet. Still loved our experience overall!

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RSRaleigh
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service

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KayM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Our waiter just gave us bare minimal service. He had no personality at all, and acted as if we were an inconvenience to him.

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GerardM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Service barely adequate. Food order screwed up although server did offer to replace.

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 2921 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.