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Bella Monica

4.8
4.8
3167 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 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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What 3,167 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Raleigh

    Healthy

  • Raleigh

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Raleigh

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent, food, service, value.
  2. S

    Sandra

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, as always!
  3. SC

    ScotC

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Phenomenal service and extra attention to celebrate birthday. Great decision to have dinner there.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great & service was wonderful!
  5. NC

    NancyC

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Love Bella Monica for lunch and dinner!
  6. A

    Albert

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service and delicious food. When we were seated, they asked if we had any dietary restrictions and quickly brought out the gluten-free menu I requested. When they brought out the complimentary bread, they had a separate gluten-free bread for me that I had not even asked for. It was delicious!
  7. b

    bonjour123

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and the food is yummy. Nice GF and Vegan options as well!
  8. SV

    SouthernVoice

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! The food was delicious and the service is always good. Thank you
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and experience.
  10. JD

    JeffD

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food as always. We had to sit outside which we have done in the past exempt this time we were by the entrance which made it very cold. They need more heaters.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was definitely off - waited 20 minutes for 2 glasses of wine and 30 minutes for dessert - took that long in part to not enough servers as our server seemed to be the only one working the outside patios. This was at 5p before an arena event so while busy, not completely full. We have been there many times over the years and the food is why we come back, but service continues to worsen.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy going to Bella Monica. The food is always good but her favorite is always the mussels. Service is always great and the people are very friendly.
  13. AD

    AnchalD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for my daughters 14th birthday. The service staff was great and ambience is awesome.
  14. T

    Turner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Our server, Tex, was great. Mussels were stunning.
  15. R

    Robert

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good atmosphere. Food and service excellent. They were full at 2:00 PM on a week day. Recommend you make reservations
  16. G

    Gigi

    Raleigh

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always wonderful, delicious food, perfect service!
  17. BC

    BernardC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were, as always, fantastic. We’ve been going to Bella Monica for nearly 17 years and it’s never disappointed.
  18. JV

    JohnV

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit. We dined prior to the Hurricanes game per recommendation from a local realtor. The baked ziti was browned very nicely which you don't see often. Nice job! The only thing that could use some help is more vegan/vegetarian options. Simple pasta with marinara is all that's needed to close that gap.
  19. S

    Steep

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening
  20. LB

    LauraB

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bella Monica is consistently good. I particularly like that they have a great gluten free menu. It is one of the few restaurants in Raleigh that I can eat.
  21. MM

    MikeM

    Charlotte

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service plus fantastic food made for a wonderful experience!
  22. WS

    WeiS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    food is good portioned but mediocre. service is good. it's ok to dine there but for that price I would go somewhere else.
  23. A

    Average

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    My friends and I have been here many times for dinner. I did want to note that the gluten-free penne pasta was not cooked enough and pretty hard and the sauce was cold and by the time you did everything on the card, it was quite expensive. the service was great and definitely like the ambience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Only negative, that could not be avoided, was a longer than normal wait for the food. Holiday times tax any restaurant, and arriving just after a party of 9 was seated was the luck of the draw. However, the food was well worth the wait.
  25. AJ

    AshleyJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing. We cannot wait to return.
  26. SG

    ScottG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall a good evening dinner with family. Food came out slower than usual, however it tasted great.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for an early day after Christmas dinner. I had seen the other good reviews and we were looking for a new Italian place so we gave it a shot. We were greeted warmly as soon as we walked in the door. I had made a reservation and it was honored, no issues so far. And this is my only complaint about the entire experience, the restaurant was basically empty, 4 tables full total, and they sat us in a booth in between 2 other parties of four people. It was very crammed and loud, we literally couldn’t hear ourselves talking. Having been a server I can appreciate sections and giving the next server their due but it was a poor choice when there were at least 10 other open tables. We did ask to move and they moved us with no issue. A must order is the garlic bread with mozzarella cheese, super tasty! We also ordered the wedding soup, mom’s meatballs & gravy and the chicken parmigiana. Everything was excellent. They also have an extensive wine selection. All the servers and runners were very friendly and attentive. Overall it was a pretty great experience. We will be sure to be back and try more menu items as well as in the summer take advantage of their large outdoor patio.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I’ve been a fan of BM for decades. I was disappointed that my GF bread was dry, it’s normally doused with olive not up and deliciously crunchy. We were also at the round table and were cold the entire two hours because of the door opening. Don’t sit near the door. The polenta was fabulous as usual.
  29. LB

    LeonaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just feel so comfortable there and they mixed two different dishes to give me exactly what I wanted. Delicious.
  30. CE

    CynthiaE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and wonderful as always, but I would love to see a vegetarian soup option. As more of us move to plant-based diets, that seems like it would be a popular addition (or modification to the existing bean soup).
  31. BJ

    BenJ

    New Orleans

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We are never disappointed with Bella Monica. The food is excellent and the service was good. Our server was new but really hustled address the hiccup we had. And the management is top notch. Will be back. Again and again.
  32. MG

    McGrits

    Raleigh

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always reliable, the food at this restaurant is creatively prepared and the quality is outstanding.
  33. BS

    BrookeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining here and we really enjoyed it. The service was great and the food was outstanding. We will definitely be coming back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service was fine and the food was good. However, the wait staff made us feel like we were not good enough to be dining in this restaurant. Keep checking on the table beside us but not us. Didn’t bring us bread, not friendly just seemed like they wanted us out.
  35. f

    foodieflashcard

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great gluten free options! Thanks for making my day so special!
  36. GS

    GStrut

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. They took the opportunity to congratulate us on our anniversary a couple different times plus provided us a complimentary dessert. Food was fantastic along with that waitstaff.
  37. N

    None

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    It was too cold to offer outside seating even with the heaters on.
  38. CF

    CristF

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    We found the place to be so-so. My partner ordered a salad, and she found it to be wet and soggy, and the dressing was watered down and accumulated on the bottom of the plate. The staff was very attentive, but the food left much to be desired. Waste of time and money
  39. MK

    MaryK

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Large portions of steaming hot pasta - perfect for a cold day.
  40. CC

    ChrisC

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Favorite date spot.

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 4.8 stars by 3167 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 26 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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