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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (52)
Good for a Date (49)
Special Occasion (42)
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Casual (41)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Authentic (39)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Great for Lunch (34)
Business Meals (32)
Comfort Food (32)
Cozy (32)
Notable Wine List (29)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Romantic (26)
Gluten Free Options (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Fun (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Good for Groups (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Healthy (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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·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 29, 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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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service was very slow and the food was mediocre. I do not think will will be back.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

I have Celiac -- this is a very safe and fantastic gluten free restaurant! Excellent food quality, timing, ambiance, service... great!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent as usual

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

One of the rare restaurants that offers gluten-free bread with the meal, and takes gluten-free very seriously, with a whole separate menu and lots of options. High quality food and service, always delicious. You can't go wrong here for high quality Italian food and a wonderful gluten-free dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food and service as always. We regularly eat here when we are in Raleigh.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent butternut squash ravioli was the special

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Their gluten free selections are amazing! The staff is very accommodating.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We always enjoy our visits to Bella Monica! Excellent food and the ambiance is warm and friendly!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was great as always, but service was very off. Waited 20 mins after our reservation time for our table. No apology. No word from the hostess, and when we went to check if they had forgotten about us we were treated as an inconvenience. Several groups of people who arrived after us were taken first.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Typically good. Had bad night. Salad was horrible.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent food and very reasonable lunch prices! The flat bread pizzas are wonderful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went to Bella Monica for my fiancé’s birthday. We loved absolutely every aspect of our dining experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Vegan, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We enjoyed our meal at Bella Monica. We weren't too impressed with their bread and salad, nothing special. The fresh fusilli pasta dish we got was very good and we tried a flatbread, which was also good. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a lovely time at Bella Monica - our server Britt was amazing - she suggested a lovely bottle of wine - and the dinner special was spectacular. The ambiance was lovely and even though we had to leave for a concert, we did not feel rushed at all.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We love Bella Monica, and our visit this time was excellent as always. The staff is incredibly professional. We're so glad that this restaurant is there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Best Calamari I've ever had, and it wasn't even fried! Food was excellent. Service was a little slow, but very friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 11, 2017

awesome, we love this place, great ambience, fun place to get together.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Enjoyed another great meal at Bella Monica, it was our 16-year-old choice for her birthday dinner. As always, they made it a special occasion for her.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My wife and I had not been back to Bella Monica for a little while and are sorry we didn't go back earlier. If you want to go around dinner time and not eat outside, you must make a reservation. We have been trying to eat more plant-based and Bella Monica has no real vegan options and every vegetarian dish seems loaded with cheese. Nonetheless, I had the veggie lasagna and it was awesome. My wife had shrimp scampi and pasta and enjoyed it immensely. We also found a nice bottle of organic red wine (lower sulfites) and really liked it. I had the cannolies as they are probably the best in Raleigh.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The service was prompt, friendly and attentive. Nice wine list although not extensive, very good choices of Italian wines. Food was excellent and fresh, fabulous deserts.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

From the service, to the wine, to the incredible food, Bella Monica never fails to remind me why they are the best Italian restaurant in town. Ben the host and the waitstaff is on top of everything and the quality of the food can’t be matched anywhere in Raleigh.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

What a wonderful gem of a restaurant. Always great friendly service. Perfect for the family, date night , business meal...eel just about any occasion!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Wonderful food! One of my favorites! Seasonal pumpkin ravioli is fantastic!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best Italian food in Raleigh. I love all the food even the soups are superior.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent lunch. Bella Monica is always a treat! I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great , Fresh Italian Food. Great wine! Great service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

As always, Bella never disappoints. A great tradition continues.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Everyone was outstanding and the food was amazing

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Bella Monica was fabulous! We had a conference scheduled for a Friday morning in Raleigh, so I booked lunch there for those at our firm attending the conference. The conference was canceled, but I made the executive decision that we should still go to Raleigh just to have lunch at Bella Monica. The eggplant rollatini special is AMAZING!!! The three of us each had a wonderful, beautifully prepared meal. It was wonderful!! AND it was worth the trip!! Thank you for another amazing meal!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Bella is without-a-doubt our favorite Raleigh restaurant. The food is always amazing and the service is always just right. This visit was for a birthday celebration and the staff did a wonderful job with decorations and well wishes. On this trip the group had the chicken parm, the vegetable lasagna, a chopped salad, and a gluten-free sausage and gravy. All the dishes were delicious. We all shared a tiramisu and a cannoli and they were both superb. Also, don't be afraid of the house red. It is delicious and pairs up perfectly with their red sauce. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great server with Erin!

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