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Bella Monica

4.7
4.7
3064 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Benvenuto! Opened August 2000, chef/ owner Corbett Monica and his wife, Julie, created this trattoria as an extension of his Nanas dinner table. A place where the neighborhood gathers to dine and enjoy life. Guests become family at our tables, enjoying recipes handed down from our grandparents. Following tradition, we make our sauce with San Marzano tomatoes and use only the freshest ingredients available, just like Nana. Our gravy is so good that we eat it like soup! Neapolitan menu, thin-crust Flatbread pizzas, Pasta, NC Seafood, Chicken, Local Pork. Without a doubt, 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 and Flatbreads. Wine Spectator 2007-2019. Local art is on our walls and we play a great upbeat music mix. We welcome you to our business, our culture, our family. It is an honor and pleasure to cook for you. Please enjoy our food and the company you share at our table. Mangia bene!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 881-9778

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Corbett Monica

  • Catering

    Let us bring our homemade Italian food to you at your home, office or special event venue. Catering from 10-100 people. Available for staffed, non-staffed, pick up or delivery events. Sundays at our Nana’s house were special. They 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 home throughout the day to take their places at the table. The day never seemed to end. We would sit for hours sharing food and laughter with one another. Though the day would begin and end with food, the time spent with our family really made those days special. It is our hope and passion to recreate those long, special Sundays at Nana’s table.

  • Private party facilities

    Bella Monica’s Private Dining Room is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. We offer extraordinary food, in an intimate setting, with gracious hospitality. Our completely private room can accommodate 18 guests seated or 35 guests standing. Additionally

  • Private party contact

    Ben Hunter: (919) 881-9778

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What 3,064 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Raleigh

    Italian

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  1. d

    daniels

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great, an inviting feel, the entire team does a great job
  2. KH

    KristenH

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Service was a bit slow and disjointed. I think we came at a busy time.
  3. SB

    SBMD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything we ordered was delicious, we'll definitely be back!
  4. JK

    JeffreyK

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love the patio but the parking lot is noisy with cars honking at each other The wine pours were small But overall very nice I’d certainly return
  5. VJ

    VanessaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite to meet friends for dinner. Great attention to gluten free menu and service.
  6. h

    hikingchick

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely dinner at Bella Monica with a friend. We did have reservations, which I recommend - they were busy on a Monday evening! Service was just right and food delicious. It was a little noisy at places inside, but it did not affect our ability to converse and there is outdoor seating, if that's your preference. If you like Italian, this place is for you!
  7. CF

    CarolynF

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was good not excellent. Chicken parm sauce too spicy hot. Lasagna. Too much cheese. Service very good.
  8. o

    oldgreywolf

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    a neighborhood gem. Excellent service, good food. A reservation a must. outside dining ok, but little to see.
  9. CB

    CliffB

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was ok. Good red sauce/ gravy, but would like more menu options. Nothing quite hit what I wanted. Good serving, decent value, but food was just ok.
  10. JG

    JGB3

    Raleigh

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb in all respects! Our friends from out of town loved it!
  11. PL

    PatLB

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 13 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the outdoor tables. We enjoyed a glass of wine and a shared pizza.
  12. B

    Burt

    Raleigh

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Overall we were somewhat disappointed by our dinner at the restaurant. The food was acceptable but far from a great Italian restaurant. The service did not help with a necessity to ask for utensils and napkins on three occasions. The restaurant located in a shopping center does offer outside dining but side tables inside can be less than desired for a great dining experience. Simply put, a fair dining opportunity for a average Italian menu and hopefully you don’t wind up with unacceptable service from a poor male waiter.
  13. LO

    LeslieO

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly and knowledgeable staff; great food and service
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our evening was incredible, service was awesome, wine recommendations were great, and our food was exceptional! Will definitely return! 😊
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great!
  16. SP

    SarahP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service! Everything was delicious and the staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always great food great service
  18. M

    Maine63

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bella Monica is our favorite restaurant in Raleigh. The food is exceptional and the wine list is spectacular.
  19. JG

    JGB3

    Raleigh

    73 reviews

    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every respect. Our out-of-town guests loved it!
  20. RF

    RobinF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The place is nice and the waitress was very good. The gorgonzola and pear salad was very good. The bread they served was swimming in olive oil and didn't taste good. I like a good fresh italian bread with a nice crust to dip in oil or use butter. The lasagne was not good - too much sauce- missing oregano and italian herb flavors - overcooked. I felt like it had been made before and then heated up many times and burnt on top. I didn't care for the flavor of the sauce.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently tasty Italian food. One of my favorite “go to” lunch spots. Private banquet room has been family choice for birthdays and holiday events.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always!
  23. TS

    TedS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The wait staff Must learn to first clear the plates before bringing the next dish, we had to our dishes on the floor since the food came out before the appetizer and salad plates were removed from the table. And the severs ran off before we could ask for a fork or serving spoons (which were never provided!). Saving grace is the food is always good!
  24. R

    Renee

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Love the place! Great service and wine suggestions. The scampi was a bit overdone and the sauce was not memorable. Loved the lasagna and the meatball dish. Desert was okay.
  25. A

    Annie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    The salmon wasn’t fresh and horrible
  26. D

    Dthompson

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant for Italian food. I’ve enjoyed coming here for years. The food was excellent. The service was superior. I highly recommend.
  27. MP

    MauliesP

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a great place to eat.
  28. TM

    TinaM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Delicious food, great service. Accommodating for gluten free. Went the extra step for helping us celebrating a birthday. Thank you for a wonderful time.
  29. G

    Grego

    Raleigh

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Meat Lasagna, Stromboli and Cappuccino were all excellent. Mom's Meatballs & 'Gravy' were "nothing special." Both the Chopped Salad and Pear & Gorgonzola Salad were light on dressing and somewhat tasteless. Service was fine. One could describe the ambience as dining in a narrow, noisy, dimly-lit hallway. Overall, we were disappointed with the value and are unlikely to return in the near future.
  30. JF

    JenniferF

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was my birthday and my Mother In Laws! They surprised us with mini cannolis and put confetti on the table. Food was great!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Server was non existent. The server over charged us and I had to have the manager take it off the bill. Good food but not good service.
  32. RM

    RobertM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great recipes. Attentive service.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing!!!!! My husband and I will definitely be back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Usually service is good here but it was poor during this visit. I’ll continue to come because there are many gluten-free options but I hope the service improves.
  35. M

    Meatballmom

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Been dining here for years and food quality is diminishing. GF chi parm recipe has changed and was dried out, bread flat. Wedding soup was like water with meatballs and spinach and no flavor Server was dull- soft spoken and no personality Disappointing to have a favorite place less than average Hope you can make changes
  36. H

    Henry

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant is incredible. The food was delicious Brussels sprouts and the meatballs for appetizers) and chicken parm for dinner. The staff is the most attentive I’ve seen, and they are really friendly. We went for my boyfriend’s birthday and they went out of their way to make the dinner special. Highly recommend for any occasion!
  37. D

    Dawn

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food!Great service. We order appetizers before our dinner. Everything was delicious!!
  38. TS

    TedS

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, atmosphere and wait staff. Will return again
  39. S

    Scott

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Service was good for a busy lunch crowd. However, my salad was not worth $21- barely dressed, scant amount of goat cheese, and the grilled chicken was about a 1/4 cup worth and dry - I would hate to have ordered the “small” serving. My colleague’s pasta looked fantastic…I’ll go that route the next time.
  40. s

    steve

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kate was a lovely waiter. Food, as always, was delicious. That “gravy” sauce is so good I could lick my plate. We tried chicken parmigiana, lasagna and eggplant rollatini. Everyone raved about their dish.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bella Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 881-9778.

Bella Monica is rated 4.7 stars by 3064 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Bella Monica

3121-103 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads

  • Area

    Raleigh

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Large, shopping center lot.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Corbett Monica

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (919) 881-9778

  • Catering

    Let us bring our homemade Italian food to you at your home, office or special event venue. Catering from 10-100 people. Available for staffed, non-staffed, pick up or delivery events. Sundays at our Nana’s house were special. They 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 home throughout the day to take their places at the table. The day never seemed to end. We would sit for hours sharing food and laughter with one another. Though the day would begin and end with food, the time spent with our family really made those days special. It is our hope and passion to recreate those long, special Sundays at Nana’s table.

  • Private party facilities

    Bella Monica’s Private Dining Room is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. We offer extraordinary food, in an intimate setting, with gracious hospitality. Our completely private room can accommodate 18 guests seated or 35 guests standing. Additionally

  • Private party contact

    Ben Hunter: (919) 881-9778

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