Raleigh >Food & Dining > Bella Monica
Neighborhood friendly warm restaurant with good food. This little restaurant is awesome. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. There is a definite neighborhood feel and the wait staff is fabulous. Good food, excellent service, reasonable prices - could you ask for more?
By far the tastiest food I've had. The decor is fantastic, the service is super and the food is outstanding. My favorite is the pizza but everything I have had has been wonderful! Usually it is packed but is well worth the wait. I recommend this place to everyone I meet.
Fantastic food and a great birthday dinner. This is the only restaurant I have ever recommended, prior to eating there. I heard so many good things about Bella Monica I recommended it and couldn't wait to go for my birthday celebration. We were greeted at the door by the manager who then brought my husband and I a glass of wine for our wait. We were seated in about 20 minutes and my husband informed the waitress it was my birthday. They then decorated the table with birthday confetti - it was so much fun! The atmosphere was great, not too loud, but very cozy. And the food - AMAZING. I love good Italian, and this just goes beyond any other restaurant we usually visit. The eggplant appetizer was fabulous and the sun dried tomato and portabella lasagna was to die for. After dinner they gave me a free birthday cannolli which was great. When my husband and I left we couldn't stop smiling and commenting that it was the best meal we have had, and the most fun we have had at a restaurant in a long time. We will be back many times - Bella Monica is now our top restaurant.
One of our favorites!. We're professionals (44 & 50) and have eaten here many times and have always had a great experience. We don't know the manager, but he always warmly greets us and thanks us for coming as if we were friends. The wait staff and bartenders have always been equally as friendly. My husband is very critical when it comes to his food and wine, and we've never been less than impressed to be served very tasty, reasonably priced entrees made with fresh ingredients. Having lived in big cities, we enjoy the atmosphere, but I think it's more of an adult than family restaurant, especially at night, though I'd drag our 4yo along if needed. I highly recommend.
One of my favorite restaurants in the triangle!. Bella Monica has delicious food at reasonable prices. I've eaten there multiple times and never had a bad dish. The staff are always very friendly, helpful and on top of things (my glass is never empty, food arrives promptly, servers are nice but not overwhelmingly so) and the place is always very well staffed. From outside, it doesn't look like much, but the atmosphere inside is very intimate and comfortable and the food is just so good (and you WILL have leftovers).
A definite must visit.
My wife and I had never dined here before, and wanted to try a new place to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. I called to make reservations for a Saturday night around noon the same day. I was told they were already booked from 4:45 to 10pm that night, so we made plans for an early afternoon dinner at 4:30. The host asked if we were celebrating anything, so I told them about the anniversary.
When we arrived and gave our name, we were escorted over to a table that had been decorated nicely for a romantic dinner. The host congratulated us on our 10 year anniversary and made polite conversation with us. The waitress soon came and also made us feel right at home.
We ordered the roasted garlic bread for an appetizer and it was fantastic!
My wife ordered a flatbread and I ordered the portabella and sun-dried tomato lasagna, both were excellent.
To our surprise we received a complementary cannoli. We were sure glad to get that because it turned out to be the best cannoli we've ever had.
My wife is Italian and we have had some really good Italian food over the years. What we had at Bella Monica was on a league of its own. We loved the variety of the menu. I read every negative review prior to dining here and I'd have to say I really don’t have anything but the best to say. This is not a chain and you should feel the difference as soon as you walk in the door.
Bottom line: The staff is exceptional, the food is fantastic, and I'd highly recommend to anyone. Just call for reservations ahead of time.
Never Had a Bad Meal. Every time I eat dinner here, I have the best meal. It's better to make a reservation (especially reservations) however we have gone without a reservation and have gotten in with little wait. Anyone I recommended Bella Monica to has enjoyed it. The eggplant rollatini is the best! Great wine selection. Will always be a great meal.
Wow, What an experience!.
We dinned at Bella Monica on a very busy night.
Although we didnt have a reservation they made us feel like honored guests and even served everyone waiting treats at the door. We ordered pumpkin ravioli and eggplant rollatine. FANTASTIC! Our server paired the wine perfectly with our food. I cant wait to go back.
Hidden Gem !.
This is one of only two restaurants in the area I have EVER recommended to friends. It's sort of a hidden gem that many don't know about aside from the locals. It's tucked away in an older shopping center next to a Harris Teeter..... Fridays and Saturdays tend to be very busy and book up in advance so call ahead to make reservations days before going. It's worth it ! Great service and food with a price that is very reasonable.
Keep up the good work !
Simply the best!.
We've lived in Raleigh for four years and are now moving. We are SO sad to be leaving such a fantastic restaurant! It has been our favorite Italian restaurant. Make that our favorite restaurant of any kind here in Raleigh. We have yet to find better service, better quality of food, and better priced dishes. My father in law is Italian and says it's as authentic as it gets!
The staff always makes an effort to remember you when you return. They recognize special occasions with decorations and free desserts. Very pleasant and well kept. Decor is really neat...you definitely don't feel you're in Raleigh! But most important the food is outstanding. The timing of service is perfect. The quality and size of the dishes are impecable. We have eaten here for four years and have NEVER had a bad meal. I can't imagine anyone saying a negative word about this restaurant. The owners put a lot of pride and care into this establishment and it shows.
THIS IS A RALEIGH MUST! IT IS SIMPLY THE BEST!
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