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Bella Monica Italian Restaurant
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Ranked #64 of 1,547 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed January 29, 2018

Arrived with wife for some "authentic Italian" cuisine (we hoped) shortly after 5. Despite the relatively early hour, it took an hour for our entrees to come out. In the meantime we were served some bread with a stingy amount of olive oil drizzled on the plate, and then after an ample wait the Caesar salads we ordered came out, but again they were unusually stingy on the dressing. For entrees we both ordered "maccheroni with gravy" (that's Italian for pasta with tomato sauce). Not worth an hour's wait by any stretch of the imagination and certainly not worth $16. Again, very stingy with the gravy (sauce). My Italian sausage was dry. No exaggeration to say that I can make a far tastier version by buying the ingredients at my local Kroger and making it myself and just skip the "authentic Italian" mark-up. I found out the hard way that this restaurant offers absolutely nothing worth returning for.

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Thank CalsYoKeig
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Reviewed January 19, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been eating at Bella Monica since I was 6 y/o and decided to come with my family for my 21st birthday dinner tonight. As soon as we arrived, my name was written in chalk by the front entrance, confetti was on the table, and the servers immediately brought out a surprise of Prosecco for the table! Dinner was timely and delicious. There is no better place in the world for the tomato sauce that’s in many of their dishes. Our table had mussels, lobster ravioli, eggplant rollatini, and baked ziti cooked to perfection. At the end of the meal came another surprise: a cannoli with a candle! Wait staff was friendly and prompt. I will definitely be remembering the effort that was put into making this such a special night for me and my family.

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

I have Celiac as well as dairy intolerance and a shellfish allergy. I was welcomed in with menus that addressed all of my allergies. Their gluten free/dairy free bread was incredibly delicious. I chose their chicken with spinach which they grilled using olive oil rather than butter. They had a sorbet for dessert. A wonderful outing since we seldom eat out due to fears over cross contamination.

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Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile

I’m actually writing a review for your newest restaurant, Stellinos in Cary. I don’t see them listed yet but wanted to be sure you got this great review. We loved the onion topped focaccia bread. The rolled and filled eggplant was amazing! Poring are huge so ate other half for lunch the next day. We will definitely return to try the famous baked ziti and tiramisu. Our kids enjoyed their pasta and meatballs as well. Love love love your gravy! Service and modern ambiance was great too.

Thank jaimelovebug
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Reviewed November 5, 2017

Having just got home from a month of travelling in US, I just have to wright a review on this little place, I have Coeliacs Disease so at times found it difficult to eat safely in the US. However this place was a total dream and the food was out of this world. It was really busy as we have not booked but we could access the full menu at the bar and we had no issue with this. In fact this made the who experience more enjoyable as we were able to speak to the lovely Wine Director Canaan. She really knew her stuff about all the wines and offered the best customer service ever. She even booked us an Uber as we had no access to them. As for the food, it was the best Italian Coeliac food i have ever eaten, i was even given focaccia which as Coeliacs known to get Gluten Free bread is a task, never mind one that tasted like "normal" bread. If we ever vistt Raleigh again we will be eating here without fail. Its in my top 3 of places i have eaten on my travels. Thank you to every one there especially Canaan.

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