Where: Bella Monica, Olde Raleigh Village Shopping Center, 3121-103 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC
GF Menu: Yes! They offer GF flatbread pizzas and pasta dishes. A PDF of their GF Menu is found on their restaurant home page, where this note is posted: Although Bella Monica is not a dedicated Gluten-Free kitchen, we do cook all GF items with separate and clean pans and utensils to reduce cross-contamination. We welcome advance notice of special dietary requests to accommodate your needs and ensure your dishes equal the integrity of the other menus.
What I ate: Sausage Parmigiana over GF Penne Pasta + a Buffalo Mozzarella Antipasti
How to order it: Ask for the Gluten-Free Menu. Deliberate. Select!
What it looks like:
Mama Mia, this was good! I ate PASTA? In a restaurant?! I had to pinch myself.
Fine GF penne pasta with terrific al dente texture, smothered in parmigiana cheese, topped with a sauce the restaurant calls “Nana’s gravy”, and sprinkled with fresh parsley. You can’t see them in this photo, but there are four – count ‘em, FOUR Italian sausage links tucked underneath all the cheese. The portions are very generous. I chowed down and still had to take half of it home for lunch the next day (which is never a bad thing, mind you!). The pasta held its texture even with reheating.
The buffalo mozzarella salad (not pictured here) came with huge chunks of thick, creamy mozz’, fresh basil leaves, ripe tomatoes, a light olive oil, and a sprinkling of fresh black pepper, and perhaps some invisible sea salt.
Green Note: Did you know that you can also have Bella Monica’s pizzas at home? Their flatbread pizzas are available nation-wide in the frozen foods section of most natural food stores, including Whole Foods. Click HERE to see where you can find them locally.
Bella Monica will be hosting a multiple course Gluten-Free Wine Dinner on May 16th, 2010, at 5pm. To reserve your tickets (required) to this event, call Bella Monica at 919-881-9778.