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Bella Monica

1918 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Closed Sunday
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Phone number
(919) 881-9778
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Corbett Monica
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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.
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Cross street
Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads
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Parking details
Large, shopping center lot.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1918 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSullivans (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined a day ago

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

CanesFan (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined 2 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!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

vipdenap (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 3 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!!!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

tri4life (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 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.

vipSkip (Raleigh)
3.0  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.

vipdenap (Raleigh)
5.0  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!

Jonrp (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 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)

Lori (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 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.