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Bella Monica, Raleigh, NC
Bella Monica, Raleigh, NC
Bella Monica, Raleigh, NC
Bella Monica, Raleigh, NC
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Bella Monica

4.8
4.8
3443 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads
  • Parking details
    Large, shopping center lot.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,443 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Raleigh

    Neighborhood gem

  • Raleigh

    Italian

3,443 Reviews
  1. SheilaM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is ALWAYS good. Service is warm and friendly. Highly recommend!

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  2. MelanieB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant! Always great food and excellent service.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we had an amazing overall experience for our anniversary dinner! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious . 10/10

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  4. Jazzygirl

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bella Monica has been one of out favorite place for Italian food for over 15 years! The food is always amazing and they have a great wine list. My husband and I split the Lasagna and they actually split it for us and baked it. It was our cheesy goodness! Our friends had the Margarita pizza and it was crisp perfect!! We will be back soon!

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  5. Anne

    Raleigh

    86 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    86 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Second experience at Bella Monica. The first experience was better. The scampi was very bland; shrimp was overcooked and tough. Even after adding salt and Parmesan, the dish still lacked flavor. Disappointing. The bruschetta, wine, Stromboli, service, and ambiance were good. We will dine here again, but we just won’t order the scampi.

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  6. Local

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service quality were great, as always, at Bella Monica!

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  7. ToryJ

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. Service, atmosphere, and food - top tier.

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  8. GayleP

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a delightful meal experience. The food and service were divine. We will certainly go again. Thank you

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  9. Marsha

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great job by staff on V day, packed full even though we went early at 5pm with other old people. Wife had special that included lobster, pasta, spinach that she loved, and I had great lasagna. Also liked diversity of customers and all seemed to be happy and smiling. This is on our top 5 list of restaurants.

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  10. OakleyG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bella Monica is our favorite date night and special occasion restaurant. The service, menu, and atmosphere is always lovely. They have the beat garlic mozzarella bread and tiramisu!

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  11. JeannieM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined often at Bella Monica when it first opened. After the chef moved onto a second restaurant, the food was not as good. We have stayed away for a while but just celebrated my birthday there. It was wonderful! It is the perfect small, local restaurant And to service your support. I was even surprised they have a generous gluten-free menu. Gluten-free bread they serve wonderful too.

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  12. KarenV

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent!! Sitting outside is very nice even when it’s chilly due to all the nice heaters

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  13. Jill

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The eggplant rollatini was amazing, and the waitress was super nice! Best Italian restaurant I've been to in NC.

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  14. DavidC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints.

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  15. MARGARETJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently great Italian comfort food, great service, and overall old Raleigh favorite. Look forward to going back soon!

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  16. kc2015

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the serving staff were excellent. Their timing was always perfect and they made us feel very welcome. The food was delicious, hot when appropriate and the waitress's recommendations good and appreciated. Always consistent and of high quality.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was absolutely amazing! We definitely enjour Bella Monica, and we will be back. Food was awesome as well, but our waitress went above and beyond to make sure my son, who is vegan, had all je needed.

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  18. RonP

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate there with our young adult granddaughter and she and my husband are both gluten free. There were many gf options on the menu and their choices were delicious (so was mine!). Our waitress was delightful and we were made to feel so welcomed. Although I had to call and say we were going to be late twice because of issues out of our control, they were so nice and accomodating to us. Highly recommend!

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  19. KellyC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual! Thank you for helping my Mom celebrate her birthday in style. Wonderful ambiance, food service and hospitality by all of the staff. BM has remained one of our top favorite Raleigh restraints for years.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my husbands birthday here and the staff was AMAZING! They were extraordinarily accommodating. We had to change the time of our reservation, and management was sooooo helpful! The food was great! This place IS A GEM!

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  21. LeahP

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was business/introduction meeting for 3 different groups. We were in the back room which allowed for privacy. We had a fantastic meal which we did "family style" so everyone could try different things. Everyone really enjoyed the service and the meal!

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  22. JenP

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately it took 15mins for the server to take our order. And another 40 mins for our salads to come. We all ordered salad entrees. One of our party had to leave before it arrived so we had to get it “to go” and deliver it to her when we returned to the office. I think the kitchen was just behind which delayed the food. And our server maybe had more needy tables but we were there for lunch and didn’t expect it to be so slow. We usually have better service all around so we will still come back.

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  23. JohnP

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Love this place - their food, service and value the best. Their main dining room is lovely and cozy. Only thumbs down is their overflow private dining area. We came with party of 5 and were sat in back room. The other table (only 2 large tables in room) was so loud that it made our dinner unpleasant. This table was so loud that we couldn’t hear ourselves talk. Not the lovely atmosphere we expected. We brought out of town guests and talked Bella Monica up so much that it was disappointing. Hint: if going with a party of more than 4, ask where you will be sitting. This overflow room is a private party room-not a dining room!

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  24. Foodlover

    Pinehurst

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The Eggplant Rollatini and Chicken Parmesan were quite tasty. We especially enjoyed the house gravy. The Caesar salad was fresh, but could have been more flavorful. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. The server could have been more responsive - we asked for a straw three times before we got one.

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  25. npcraleigh

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here many times and have not been disappointed. Nana's gravy is exceptional on any dish. My go-to is chicken Parmesan, and it was as good as ever. My wife enjoyed here spinach and cheese stuffed shells. Great service, nice house wine. All in all, a great evening meal!

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  26. Gene

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, good service. We will be going back soon.

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  27. DavidB

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I eat in a lot of DC and NYC Italian restaurants, and this one in Raleigh is right up there with the best of them. Really authentic food with wonderful flavor. I loved my Chicken Parm along with my Clam and Meatball apps. Got a great bottle of Amarone to enjoy (under $100 which is hard to find) with this great meal. Ambience was perfect, not too loud to have a nice conversation. Highly recommend!

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  28. LdyHeel

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, our experience was okay. The service was bare minimum and they weren't that busy. The food was good, but not enough for us to want to go back.

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  29. EpEP

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great except the meatballs were a little overdone. Enjoyed the wine and everything else.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Food was wonderful. The gluten free bread was great !!! I loved this little Italian restaurant. Feels very family owned and comfortable. I loved our server but I can’t remember her name !

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  31. kathyj

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Bella Monica and were pleased to have had a prime table. Food was delicious, service was excellent.

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  32. MeeMee

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the birthday lunch. Manager called to confirm before reservation. Wrote our name in chalk at the door. Had a table ready and sprinkled confetti. Food was delicious. Squid linguini especially. Sampled the cocktails -also good. And we got a canoli surprise!!!

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  33. Cathy

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot rave about Bella Monica enough . . . it is by far my favorite restaurant. They always pay attention to my table requests, never make me wait, and make me feel like a VIP. Having recently converted to gluten-free, we discovered their ziti. GF or not, it's the best we've ever had. Excellent service too!

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  34. Kserwin

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delivered same quality food and service we’ve come to expect/enjoy at Bella Monica !

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere was fantastic. The wait staff were very friendly.

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  36. PaulS

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere were excellent as always, however the bottle of wine was delivered to the table way warmer than it should be. The bottle was warm to the touch, so well above room temp.

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  37. RichG

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome meal, great desserts, friendly attentive service, makes for a perfect impression on friends from out of town!

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  38. RaleighDiner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and staff are always fantastic! Consistent experience.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great experience. Food was wonderful. Best Stromboli I have ever eaten.

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  40. Chris

    Raleigh

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a very pleasant dining experience for lunch with my wife. We got the garlic bread with cheese and a pear & gargonzola salad, both of which were great. For entrees got the Shrimp and Calamari Scampi and Rigatoni Veal Bolognese, both had such amazing depths of flavor. Probably our favorite Italian restaurant in Raleigh.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

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

    • Waitstaff 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 4.8 stars by 3443 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bella Monica

3121-103 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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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