Meet the Guest Chefs – Corbett Monica, Bella Monica and Stellino’s Italiano

Chef/owner Corbett Monica and his wife Julie opened the doors to Bella Monica in Raleigh in 2000. In 2017, the couple expanded in to west Cary with the opening of Stellino’s.

Monica’s passion in the kitchen can be traced back to his childhood days – in particular, Sunday’s at ‘Nana’s, when everything seemed to stop for family and friends, everything except for pasta. Aunts, uncles and cousins would trickle into Nana’s house throughout the day to take their place at the table. The day never seemed to end as we would sit for hours sharing the food and laughter with one another.

Although the day would begin and end with food, it was the time with family that really made the day special.

It is Monica’s hope and passion at Bella Monica and Stellino’s to recreate those long Sundays at Nana’s table, keeping true to tradition, crafting cuisine with the freshest ingredients just like Nana would.