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Bella Monica

4.6
1924 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • 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
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Was a little disappointed that they removed the salad as included with the pasta dishes. There is now an extra charge for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Team was accommodating in every way.

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nbnb (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Bella Monica is my "go to" for a nice evening's meal in Raleigh. The food is good. It's a little "energetic" (loud) but makes up for it with a nice place for a intimate meal, whether inside or outside.

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JCIII (Western NC)
5.0  Dined 5 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined 5 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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vipSullivans (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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CanesFan (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined 6 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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vipdenap (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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!!!

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JonB 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

One of our favorites. Few Italian restaurants offer such excellent gluten free options. We love Bella Monica! We are waiting for her sister restaurant, Stellina's to get up to speed with their gluten free menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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tri4life (Raleigh)
4.0  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.

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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.

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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!

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Jonrp (Raleigh)
3.0  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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Lori (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

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JaneH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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BOBBY1 (Raleigh)
4.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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Treborf (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

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vipColinB (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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JaneeK (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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vipMike (Raleigh)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Always awesome food

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

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

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speedyjb (Charlotte)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Food and service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  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.

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