Bella Monica strives to create a traditional Italian neighborhood trattoria in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I think they do a pretty good job of it. The service at Bella Monica was exceptional as everyone was very friendly and accommodating to our group. Furthermore, they have a large wine selection and seem to use high quality ingredients, including imported San Marzano tomatoes. They offer a fairly wide variety of food besides pizza, and they are known for having many gluten free options – gluten free frozen pizzas are even available on their website. Every meal at Bella Monica starts off with soft and delicious bread that is covered in olive oil.
Of course I followed the bread up with pizza, and I ordered a fairly standard one with pepperoni and sausage. I liked the pepperoni as it was rather spicy, and the large pieces of sausage were interesting, although not my preference. I also enjoyed the crust on Bella Monica’s pizza as it was thin and airy. I also sampled a colleague’s margherita pizza that is pictured below, and I would recommend it if you are looking for an equally tasty, yet less greasy pizza. Overall, Bella Monica’s is definitely a great place for pizza in Raleigh but please understand that I must not be the only person saying this as it can get pretty crowded despite its decent amount of indoor and outdoor seating.
What I Ate: Pepperoni and Sausage
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