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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 (51)
Special Occasion (49)
Good for a Date (37)
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Authentic (34)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Casual (31)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Comfort Food (26)
Cozy (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Notable Wine List (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
Gluten Free Options (23)
Romantic (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Business Meals (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Fun (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Healthy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Vegan (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great server with Erin!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wrong food came out for the Birthday boy. Had to wait for a new one to come out. Just a bummer. They gave us cannolis on the house which was nice.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Unrivaled Italian food...good portions. Is not a large restaurant, so make reservations or get there early!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Busy night, but when the food is this good, it's with it. Brittany was a fantastic server. Can't wait to dive with her again!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant did not honor a confirmed reservation for their private area. I have always found service at Bella Monica to be slow and that was the experience this time.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

As always, food and service is fabulous--bread/oil, pastas, salads and the brussels sprouts appetizer is awesome. The birthday cannoli and table confetti was a nice touch for my wife's birthday!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We always enjoy eating at Bella Monica. Great atmosphere, food and wine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love coming here to eat. We are from out of town so don't get here as often as we would like.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Organic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The service was great, the wine good, the atmosphere great.
I ordered meatballes with sauce over spagetti - comfort food. As I started to eat the meatballs I noted them to be burnt on one side and should have sent them back. The sauce was excellent.
And of course the dessert was heavenly.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Always a great experience. Great service, food, and wine. Highly recommend!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great meal w friends, had eggplant rollatini for appetizer..perfect! I had pumpkin ravioli with shataki mushrooms, amazing, husband had beef ribs lasagne..off the charts he said. We are never disappointed, great service, friendly, engaging..what's not to love?

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Hot Spot, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent gluten free accommodations

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was delicious as always and the service was great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great service and wonderful food ! We were celebrating a birthday and they make the evening very special!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

You lost me at the bread. I expected a nice crusty Italian loaf but some square fluffy thing was presented sitting in oil with pickled purple onions on top. Then Caesar salad with roasted red bell peppers? Calamari was a few tiny pieces swimming in pesto and beans. Final insult was eggplant parm which was spaghetti with piled slices of sautéed (not breaded) eggplant (chewy peel on) covered in mozzarella cheese. How is that eggplant parm? Top with very slow service and very noisy place. Dinner for two $133 wish I stayed home with a stouffers frozen entree would have been better.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food as usual and friendly service! I particularly like the gluten free options.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food is consistently outstanding, with seasonal and special dishes daily along with their standards. I just had the pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sage sauce, porcini mushrooms, pancetta and candied pumpkin seeds over sautéed spinach. To say it was amazing doesn’t begin to accurately describe it. With their standard menu, their cannelloni can’t be beat!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Can't beat this Italian food and flatbreads. Always a treat.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent as always! Our favorite place in the Triangle, hands down.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Pumpkin Ravoli is to DIE for! I come to Bella Monica when I crave Nana’s Macaroni and Gravy, but am always tempted by something else. Worth it!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful food and service. We made the mistake of not allowing enough time but staff was very pleasant and accommodating and got us to our movie on time. Can't wait til next time..and we will definitely have a leisurely dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had dinner at Bella Monica and as always it was consistently good - the service was good, but the food delivery was quite slow. We waited beyond 30 minutes for pizza - not my idea of reasonable food service in respect to timing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food and really friendly professional staff a warm thanks to Nicklaus

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food at Bella Monica is great. I love the bread and the bean soup.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Perfect date night with my boyfriend. So much so that we booked a large family dinner at Bella Monica the next weekend. The lasagna is a staple and I jumped out of my comfort zone and tried the shrimp scampi — all paired with wine. The best Italian in Raleigh hands down.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We have been to Bella Monica many times. It's become our "go to" restaurant in town for great gluten free options. The staff is very attentive to our needs - we can trust them completely to ensure that there is no cross contamination. And the food is GREAT!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I took my elderly friend here for her birthday lunch, and told the restaurant that it was her birthday. They called here to get her name, and surprised us with a chalk-drawn sign on the sidewalk, along with some sparkly birthday cutouts on the table and a complementary cannoli. We both enjoyed our lunch sandwiches, and the fun.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Spectacular food, service and evening in general. Always my favorite restaurant of all!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The stuffed shells were excellent. The lobster ravioli special was good but consisted of four medium size ravioli for $20. The bread was just so so. We wanted gelato for dessert and they only had pistachio available. He wine was very good. Our food arrives hot and in average time. Our waiter seemed a bit disinterested. After I told him I would want another glass of wine as soon as I finished the first, he never bothered to come back and check. He brought our bill without asking if we wanted to see the dessert menu. Anyway, I would go back if I happened to be in the area but would t make the trip from Durham just for Bella Monica.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have wanted to try Bella Monica for many years. How wonderful to find that they have stood the test of time and were even more wonderful than I had hoped. My 15-year-old granddaughter, who is very particular about her food, came along and enjoyed her manicotti immensely. What a wonderful authentically Italian meal! So glad we finally tried this superb restaurant!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

A neighborhood find. Can always count on great food and service. My favorite Raleigh restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The service was great, food is always excellent. The atmosphere is great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Always consistent...always good. Popular place...must make reservations!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was great, service was not great tonight.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We are regulars at Bella Monica, but our last visit was below average. We were seated by a loud family with screaming kids but were graciously moved after asking the hostess. Granted - we made reservations a little late that day. Our food took 1.5 hours to arrive. Although we love hanging out, that wait was a little ridiculous, especially for 5:45pm arrival. There was a large party in the back, so perhaps that was the issue. Our waiter was great, so don't think that was the problem. Maybe not enough help in the kitchen? Anyway, we'll be back but just wanted you to know. Thanks!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had an early dinner this past weekend and found the food and wine selection as good as always. Service was friendly and efficient. Because this place is quite small, reservations are a good idea any day of the week.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Thank you for a great birthday dinner or our family!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant that's also worth a drive across town. Cozy atmosphere with delicious casual food and ample wine selection that will keep you coming back.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

My friends and I had a great time, and the care by the waitress. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Casual, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Romantic
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