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Bella Monica Italian Restaurant

#46 of 1,140 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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3121 Edwards Mill Rd Ste 103, Raleigh, NC 27612-5369
+1 919-881-9778
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Whitsett, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I love Italian food but it has to be gluten free. I have tried many places that state that they have gluten free pasta. I went to one restaurant and ordered chicken parmesan that was labeled gluten free. Only the pasta was gluten free the chicken was coded with regular bread crumbs. I tried another restaurant and again only the... More 

Thank serenely49
Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love coming to this restaurant. It is small, so the feeling is very intimate. The food is excellent, and the wine list superb. I suggest calling ahead for a reservation though!

Thank 1happycamper99999
Level Contributor
35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been here twice when in town.Very unique Italian foods. Small place but worth the price. Reservations a must. Even for lunch. Creme Brûlée not like traditional style.

Thank Cliff F
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Bella Monica is probably the best Italian food I have eaten in years. But what makes this place outstanding, besides the food and quality of service, is the care they take with handling their gluten free menu items so that customers who are gluten intollerant can eat and enjoy a complete meal that has been prepared safely and to perfection.... More 

Thank DailyHiker
Raleigh, North Carolina
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48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Our go to for Italian in Raleigh - hands down the best. The lasagna and the lasagna-of-the-day are always amazing. The sausage and fennel lasagna and the short rib lasagna are two of my favorite lasagnas-of-the-day! They have quiet a menu and everything is delicious. We always order the brussels sprouts with pancetta. Make a reservation - we have never... More 

Thank Meredith S
Fairfax, Virginia
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

My friend, who lives in Raleigh, had heard of this restaurant for a long time. We agreed that my visit was the perfect time to have dinner there. Very good Italian dishes and Pizza. Watched what others around us were served and it all looked delicious. Had shrimp scampi, deliciously prepared with just the right amount of garlic. My friend... More 

Thank Leafield44
Raleigh, North Carolina
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142 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We have been eating at Bella Monica for 10 years. We have enjoyed it because it is locally owned and as regular customers they have appreciated our business and always treated us well. Over the past year there have been major management changes. No longer can we count on the same service that we always have received. This was demonstrated... More 

Thank IraW_11
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146 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

First they bring a dish of bread with herbs in a plate of olive oil. The menu has many, many choices - pizza, flat breads (basically thin pizza), salads, pasta. Usually several specials of the day. There's something for everyone who likes Italian food.

Thank Hank8Raleigh
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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211 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We returned to Bella Monica after a first encounter that left a very good impression. We brought along our two adult children and their significant others. This experience was mixed, and overall,l a letdown. We had a reservation for 6, and we were told the only two tables that would accommodate us were right in the bar area. Our table... More 

Thank Barry17149021
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped by for lunch before a football game . Bella Monica has a fairly large dining room with a pretty good atmosphere considering it is located in a shopping center. The service was quick , competent and friendly.The food was fabulous. I cannot wait to go back!

Thank Anne C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3121 Edwards Mill Rd Ste 103, Raleigh, NC 27612-5369
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-881-9778

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?