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Stellino’s Italiano, from the owners of Bella Monica, opens in Cary

The owners of Bella Monica, a popular Italian restaurant in Raleigh, have expanded into Cary with their new restaurant, Stellino’s Italiano. The restaurant is in Parkside Town Commons and features similar menu items.
The owners of Bella Monica, a popular Italian restaurant in Raleigh, have expanded into Cary with their new restaurant, Stellino’s Italiano. The restaurant is in Parkside Town Commons and features similar menu items. Stellino’s Italiano

The owners of Bella Monica, a popular Italian restaurant in Raleigh, have expanded into Cary with their new restaurant, Stellino’s Italiano.

The restaurant is next to Frank Theaters CineBowl & Grille in Parkside Town Commons off N.C. 55.

The restaurant features family recipes from owners Chef Corbett Monica and his wife, Julia, who opened Bella Monica on Edwards Mill Road in August 2000.

The menu includes thin-crust pizzas and flatbreads, pastas, seafood, chicken and pork and beef dishes. The pizza dough is made with imported Italian flours. A bruschette menu features a variety of toppings and mix-and-match options.

“Although the menu is similar to our Bella Monica offerings, the bigger space allows us to execute some new menu items that we weren’t able to offer at Bella Monica,” Corbett Monica said in a news release.

He said he chose a different name for the restaurant – a variation in the brand – because of the expanded menu.

Desserts also feature traditional Italian offerings like Tiramisu and cannoli.

The wine list features all Italian wines along with Prosecco on tap.

The restaurant has a children’s menu with spaghetti, ziti and pizza.

Bella Monica has become a neighborhood favorite, and Monica said he hopes Stellino’s will serve the same role for the fast-growing west Cary area.

“Stellino’s has become an extension of Nana’s table,” according to the restaurant’s website.

Info: Stellino’s Italiano is at 1150 Parkside Main St., Cary. stellinositaliano.com. Bella Monica is at 3121-103 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. bellamonica.com

Jessica Banov: 919-829-4831, @JessicaBanov

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