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About Bella Monica

Bella Monica Cucina & Vino is a family-run trattoria with recipes handed down from our grandparents. Our menu features Neapolitan dishes like gourmet thin-crust pizzas called, Flatbreads, Pasta, Seafood, Chicken, Local Pork & Beef dishes. Our tomato sauce is made just like Nana's. It's so good that we sometimes eat it like soup! Without a doubt, we serve 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 & Flatbreads.

We showcase local art on the walls and play a great upbeat music mix. You can dine al fresco on our patio.

Wine Spectator awarded wine list.

3121-103 Edwards Mill Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Closed Sunday

Cross Street:
Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 881-9778

Website:
http://www.bellamonica.com/

Catering:
Sundays at our Nana’s house were special days. It 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 house throughout the day to take their places at the table. The day never seemed to end as we would sit for hours sharing the food.

Parking Details:
Large, shopping center lot.

Executive Chef:
Corbett Monica

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Bella Monica Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (59)
Good for a Date (48)
Casual (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (36)
Great for Lunch (34)
Authentic (33)
Special Occasion (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
Cozy (29)
Notable Wine List (29)
Romantic (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Gluten Free Options (27)
Business Meals (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Fun (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Good for Groups (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Healthy (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Kid-friendly (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Seasonal (4)
Vegan (4)
Disabled Access (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined 2 days ago

My girlfriend and I had a terrific meal at Bella Monica. Wasn't sure what to expect since I hadn't been in a few years, but the service was excellent and their lasagna was some of the best I've ever had! Try to be seated in the main dining area though or on the patio; we were on the side of a back hallway and the parade of severs and the hostess past the table every 30 minutes was distracting to conversation and enjoying the meal. All in all, definitely recommend!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

I tried the chicken balsamico, and really liked it. My husband had his favorite chicken Parmesan. We dined with friends who enjoyed one of the flatbreads and we all sampled the bruschetta. I loved the crab and my husband had the basil and tomato, which he liked a lot. Eating on the patio in the winter months is not optimal, however. This time we sat in the front on the open end—without the plastic sheeting. The heaters work pretty well, but you need warm clothing too.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

Pasta dish was cold and undercooked. Management didn’t seem to be concerned. Very disappointing

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was good.
Quality of food was excellent as always!
Portion size of the Lobster Ravioli was insufficient. My guest left hungry and dissatisfied because there were only 4 raviolis on his $20 plate!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service, food was delicious and hot, as always. Don't skip the bread!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Every visit is a 5* experience in every way because you can't compete with perfection in the Bella Monica kitchen! Being gluten free has always been an exceptionally challenging ordeal until the Monicas came to town. The baked eggplant parm over polenta is to die for with their sauce that's not acidic or sweet - PERFECTLY in-the-house-made Italian as it should be as all menu items are! Other diners had regular chicken parm and regular eggplant parm both served over spaghetti. Neither offered the other a bite and had nothing to take home. Portions are enough to share and the menu is so diversified that ordering something different every visit is such a gastronomic treat! This is our go-to favorite lunch/dinner Italian spot since 2000 and for great reason. BRAVO and GRAZI!!!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Cute little slot. Has an unexpectedly great wine selection, and the food was delocious.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I thought our dinner was good and very impressed with the wine menu. If I could change anything it would be to add more pure Italian dishes and to add some French wines to the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I was disappointed I was asked during the reservation process what the special occasion was and then there was no recognition of the occasion. Service was slower than expected with such a small attendance. Not my best experience at Bella Monica.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been Bella Monica lovers since their opening in 2000 and it's only become more loving as the years pass. It's the BEST AUTHENTIC ITALIAN we've encountered since leaving upstate N.Y. (Albany) 22 years ago! The gluten free menu is an absolute blessing for those of us who suffer from Celiac Disease, and the regular menu is so varied that my spouse tries a different item every time we visit. We've NEVER had a complaint about ANYTHING and we recommend EVERYTHING!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

A little bit off their best. Normally food is amazing but somehow a little off this time. Also had that bad table outside around the corner ( not their fault since last minute reservation of Friday night)

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had the lasagne and salmon entrees, preceded by starters of brussels sprouts and mushrooms. All courses were wonderful and our server was attentive and knowledgeable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and attentive service. Bella Monica is a wonderful gem!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Initially, we did not get off to a great start - we went there especially for my spouse to enjoy the shrimp scampi - there is a new menu, and the scampi was not on the menu - the waitperson, was cordial and accommodating, and the chef was able to provide the requested entree, eventhough it was not on the menu - my wife has a dairy allergy, and while there are excellent gluten free options, dairy free in italian cooking is not an everyday occasion. The manager stopped by as we were eating and assured us that, if they had the ingredients, and the methodology, that they could accommodate the need. A really great meal - our thanks to the waitperson, the chef and the manager - you did exactly what one would expect for customer satisfaction. You might want to add spaghetti, meat balls, and gravy back on the menu, without having to go to both the appetizer menu and the entree menu. We recommend and will be back - too bad they do not have a location in Cary!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Their lasagna is perfect. Side dishes are all unique takes on the original. Best Italian restaurant in the Triangle.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Bella Monica treated us awesomely, handling our mixed gluten-free meal requests without fuss. The waiter brought the wrong appetizer, but corrected the order quickly.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always enjoying going there for dinner. The food and wine are great, as well as service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 6, 2018

food and service always GREAT. Our favorite place for lunch when in the area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I was meeting with a colleague and as always the staff was courteous, informative and helpful. The food was amazing , as ever.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always awesome food

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Amazing anniversary dinner. The food and service were first class. Even when we go there and it is not a special occasion food and service is still first class. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Our first time at Bella Monica and the food was delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Normally we love Bella Monica--it's our go-to Italian restaurant, but our meals the other night were exceptions. Wheat penne pasta--ingredients were good, but wheat pasta, no thanks. Biggest problem was with the salmon. Overcooked, dry, tomatoes shriveled. Looked like it had been under the heating lamp for far too long. Considering how long it takes to get into this place, very disappointing. Hopefully just a one-off and not a change in their operations.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was excellent. Portions for some dishes are a little small. Lobster Ravioli was very good but would expect more than 4 small raviolis. I appreciate the value of presentation, but the individual raviolis could have been a little meatier if you are only going to include 4. At the very least, it could have been described as such by the waitress serving a 6' 4' 24 yr old young man.
Waitress was delightful otherwise.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food and service was outstanding.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

First time at Bella Monica. Unique wine list with what appeared to be 100% Italian wines. They had half glasses of Amorone (expensive wine--so the half glasses made it tryable). Another first. I am thinking this is a restaurant where the customer needs to be willing to experiment. We both liked the flatbreads--great selection of toppings. Bread plate was excellent. I thought the Shrimp Scampi was a little on the dry side and too much garlic for my taste. Very friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Will go again and try to find our favorites--this time will check out the wine list online.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent as always!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

For the very first time i felt my salad was over priced for what was on the plate . A caprese salad which I’ve had many times there was way too small for 9.99 . Three pieces of dollar size tomatoes with small size mozzarella cheese and four pieces of basil.
I will think twice before I go back and eat that salad.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always an outstanding meal!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Two couples and we all had each one of the specials. Two short rib raviolis which stole the show, some of the famous chicken fennel lasagna which never disappoints, and the pumpkin ravioli with it rich buttery goodness. Thanks for a great evening!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We enjoy our dining experience every time we eat at Bella Monica. The lasagna, carpaccio, and sauce are amazing! The service is always on point and everything goes great with a glass of Prossecco ❤️🥂❤️

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food and over the top service !! You will not be disappointed ! Make your reservation early as possible. The top Italian Restaurant in Raleigh !!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We have been wanting to get to Bella Monica for some time now having moved down from NY city over a year ago. We are used to good Italian restaurants and are so happy to have finally found one in the Raleigh area!

Tags: Cozy, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Always count on great food and service at Bella Monica!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Just a great neighborhood dining experience so close to PNC

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Always delivers the butternut squash ravioli divine service excellent and large gluten free menu for those in needb

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

What a pleasant and delicious surprise! My daughter who lives in Raleigh highly recommended Bella Monica as the place to go for Italian food. I booked a dinner reservation for my husband's birthday. Our family had a wonderful time celebrating his special day together while enjoying the amazing appetizers, entrees and desserts.
Brittani completed the experience with her excellent service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything gets 5 stars except our table placement. Eleven people, in a hallway next to the rear entrance door. That was very disappointing.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We’ve been here
Multiple times and everything was great in the
Past. I order the chick parm every time I come and the
Presentation was different this time. The chicken did not appear breaded and the entree had way too much sauce. My wife got the eggplant parm and was not satisfied either. I feel like the food quality has gone down since last time I came. Not sure we’re going to return

Tags: Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent service and fantastic food and wine.

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