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Bella Monica

4.6
1972 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • 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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Cuisines
Italian
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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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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads
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Large, shopping center lot.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1972 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 11 hours ago

Food and service was amazing as usual!

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Food is good overall, but the level of wait service has been less than desirable lately...On two recent visits now, I was not impressed and left quite annoyed with my assigned server. I would highly recommend that their Upper management (Your General Manager to be exact) better hire, train and supervise some of their recent new wait staff hires... Their lack of customer service, attention to details and "friendly" personality is greatly missing...However, their steady and super friendly floor manager is just awesome and always rises to the occasion; impresses me and my guests with such a high level of attention and professionalism.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Anniversary

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Never disappointed! Food is awesome....love the dishes in the casseroles. Servers are so friendly . Ambiance is nice...you can either eat inside or out...out I think they let you bring a pet. She it is a little cooler they have heaters for outside. **make a reservation....

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We are long time fans of Bella Monica and have recommended it countless time to friends and business colleagues over the years. The food is always delicious. This last visit brought disappointment with the increase in prices for smaller portions. Salads used to be included with entrees but are no longer included. We’ll keep coming because we love Bella Monica, but will move this to our ‘special occasion’ list to align with the pricier indulgence.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great gluten free menu. Food and service is always excellent

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We dined here as a family from out of town. We as as family felt the proportions and quality of the food for the price was not worth it and would definitely not recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant. Loyal customers. Truly amazing Cannoli

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Bella Monica has consistent good food and good service. The mushroom and egg app is amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Service was wonderful! Brittany you rock! Food was out of this world amazing!!! Thank you for your Celiac Friendly attention!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great food and good service

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Consistently look food and service! My go to place for business lunches as well as lunch with a friend. The menu can accommodate any food plan.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Wonderful food!

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I have been to this restaurant 3 or 4 times before, and have always enjoyed it. That was not the case this time and I won’t be going back. The server was not attentive. She seemed distracted. The food was only fair. Very disappointed.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

rethinking my opinion of Bella. the waiter was mediocre, we finally had to ask where our meal was....very long wait, my calamari was cold and too much oil on it which is worse when the dish is cold! Business lunch so needed prompt service more than ever and didn't send meal back nor complain due to the situation.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I was really looking forward to our reservation, I hadn't been back to Bella Monica in about 3 years, but I remember the food was off the charts fabulous! This time I have to admit, I was a little disappointed, maybe it was because we were there late afternoon on a Saturday and the staff was tired? Or maybe opening a second location in Cary has sacrificed some of the quality at the original location? I hope I just caught them on an off day because, as I said, their food is usually excellent and I have enjoyed dining here in the past.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This restaurant is one of my all-time favorites. The food is delicious and the ambiance is pleasant. Especially if you're dining with someone who's sensitive to gluten, their kitchen handles this with the same care they'd handle their own family -- rumor has it one of the family members is sensitive to gluten.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This is our favorite spot for absolutely, fantastic Italian food. We’ve never been disappointed. The staff are courteous and kind.

Try the Affagato dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Delicious squid ink linguini with shrimp and calimari in a cream red pepper sauce and girlfriend had delicious lobster ravioli, great service and good house red.
They need to buy the place nextdoor and expand, it is always so crowded regarding space but food and service are wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great lunch with friends. Our table was ready upon arrival, the wait staff was very attentive, and the food was delicious. We shared some small plates - meatballs, & brussels sprouts - both were excellent! Also shared some amazing pizza. Definitely recommend this restaurant! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I was so pleased with this restaurant. The hostess upon seating us asked if either of us had a gluten allergy or other dietary restrictions. I do actually but it is rare that anyone ever asks! I had a roasted eggplant Parmesan that was phenomenal! Gluten free! And the focaccia was also delicious. Yes it was gluten free also! I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We sat on the enclosed patio, for an intimate dinner for five. The food was fresh and delicious and the server, Nick, was personable and professional.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Well prepared and fresh ingredients makes the food consistently satisfyingly.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I brought my mom here to celebrate her birthday and we had an excellent time! The server was very kind and attentive. We were also given a complementary cannoli for dessert!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

My husband and I have been wanting to try Bella Monica for years and we finally did. It was hands down some of the BEST Italian food we have both had. The "gravy" (sauce) was ahhhh-mazing. And P.S. they have gnocchi even though it isn't listed on the menu. The owner or manager came out to check on us and make sure we were enjoying our meals. The waiter was excellent at keeping our drinks refilled (quite the task for me since I drink about two gallons of water a day haha). We will definitely be going here again!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Bella Monica is hidden in an unassuming shopping complex. I wouldn’t have found it without the fantastic reviews on OpenTable! My husband, Mom, and I had a lovely dinner last night. The focaccia bread is delicious as was the meatball and Brussels sprouts appetizer. My husband really enjoyed the chicken parm and my mom and I liked the bolognese! It wasn’t creamy and had a bit of nutmeg in the sauce, which isn’t traditional, but brought something different to the dish. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Bella Monica is one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh. I’ve never been to a more accommodating Italian restaurant for a gluten free person. I had my own homemade bread, croutons on the salad, and warm and delicious stuffed shells. I never feel left out of the gluten when eating here :) They even have special plates for gluten free people to not cross contaminate. The wine is delicious and well priced. The service is usually good. Sometimes it is slow to get the first part of your meal — we waited probably 25-30 min for our appetizer. The other thing to note is the menu changes. I’ve been going to this restaurant for years and have seen the prices increase (which they aren’t that high as it is so no big deal) and now salads are no longer included with your meal. Overall, Bella Monica is great and I would highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Steamed mussels with mushrooms makes me keep coming back. There are other great things on the menu, but this is my crack!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Have loved this place for years! My only complaint is that they recently changed the salad NOT to be included with the meal. Very disappointed! The entrees range from 18-25 dollars and at that price the salad should be included. They now charge $7 dollars the same salad.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Second or third experience - the food and service have now been consistently outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

This is our second visit to Bella Monica and it was every bit as good as the first time! Delicious food, large portions, great service and good wine!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

If you have a gluten intolerance, this is definitely the restaurant for you. They have an entire separate menu devoted to gluten free dishes. The polenta appetizer was out of this world amazing. The veal bolognese with gf penne was good as well. They even offer gluten free desserts!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Love the flatbread pizzas and that focaccia with shallots.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We were running late because of traffic and had to eat quickly before a theater performance. I called on our way, they took our order and had the meal arrive only minutes after we did. It was phenomenal. We have to eat gluten-free so absolutely love their menu. Love this place.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We decided to try Bella Monica because we saw from the menu link on OpenTable that the entrees included canneloni. Unfortunately this item has been dropped and no longer available. Because of this, we were disappointed from the start.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The food is SO delicious and the service was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

One of our favorite lunch places. The food and service are great.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Always loved this place. But this time, entree arrived cold and dry (pasta dish very little sauce). Also, one dish was not prepared gluten free as requested. Had to send back.

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1.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We got there early, 6 pm on a Tuesday night & ordered the special... they were Out by 6???
Then our waitress forgot to bring appetizer,
We ordered meatballs that were over nuked in microwave so they were a little hard:( and we had heard they were pretty good??
Ordered a latte... it was cold :( a cold latte.
It got busier as we received our dinner @ 7:10 so the service took longer.
Hate we picked this for a very special occasion only to disappoint :(

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Front of the house service was great, but our server was very slow and never even asked us for a drink or appetizer order, just went straight for dinner. Garlic bread with mozzarella and stuffed shells were excellent. Roasted eggplant "parm" was a bit disappointing. It's listed under the Parmesan section, however it is truly just roasted eggplant, no breading, with spaghetti. We will be back again to try other dishes.

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