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Cafe Troia
Cafe Troia

Cafe Troia Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafetroia.com/
  • Phone: (410) 337-0133
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - close; Sat & Sun: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chef George Batlas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We have 3 separate private dining rooms holding up to 25, 40 and 65 each. Two rooms have private outdoor accommodations for additional space; one has a covered veranda and the other has a partially covered Courtyard and garden area, making it the perfect spot for a wedding, rehearsal dinner or other special occasion. All dining rooms have a Tuscan ambiance. Business events are well attended as guests are excited about dining at Cafe Troia. We have extensive experience working with pharmaceuticals & brokerages for client dinners. We will design a menu to meet your tastes & specifications.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Enoteca dining room can accommodate up to 25 guests for a private seated event. Our Terrazza dining room can host up to 55 guests for a seated dinner and has french doors looking out to a beautiful walled-in garden. The fireplace in this room is a lovely enhancement to both the decor and the atmosphere.
    The restaurant's main dining room can accommodate up to 65 guests seated and has a large deck which overlooks the private garden. The entire restaurant is available for private functions as well.
  • Private Party Contact: Carol (410) 337-0133
  • Special Events & Promotions: Periodic Wine Dinners are offered which feature either a region of Italy or a guest wine maker. We create a menu to compliment the wine served at each course. This is a great value and learning opportunity for our guests. Reservations are required as seating is limited and the chef must have an idea of attendance in order to custom prepare the evening's special menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located next to a metered lot on the corner of Allegheny and Washington Avenues. We offer complimentary valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings
A word from Cafe Troia
Cafe Troia was established in 1986 by the Troia family, natives of Naples, Italy. When you dine with us, rest assured that you are eating foods that meet a higher standard than the USDA - ours. We have been doing "Farm to Table" for 28 years. Our natural veal is fed a diet with no artificial hormones or antibiotics. It is humanely raised. These same standards apply to our other meats: chicken, beef, lamb and rabbit. When possible, we purchase local produce to endure its freshness. All this is nothing new, this is the way we have operated for 28 years which is why we have such a loyal following.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "After an amazing meal, we had an opportunity to meet and hang with the owners Lisa and Joe. We had drinks and talked for over an hour, they were extrememly personable and friendly. The entire experience was memorable and we can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I were delighted to come here for the first time. We have eaten at many restuarants in this area and Cafe Troia is definitely the finest. The seafood and the pasta were superb. The waiter was experienced and skilled. We dimes on the back porch and enjoyed the setting. Cafe Troia made our evening special."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As always, Cafe Troia never disappoints. The food and atmosphere are terrific. This is a great place for a family celebration or a quiet special occassion."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We walked in for a late lunch and were the only people in the restaurant. That was perfectly fine, as Giovanni treated us like special guests. We noticed a sangiovese rose and he was knowledgeable about it, so we tried a bottle of it and were not disappointed. Charcuterie and cheese was perfect for snacking, and our arugla salad with strawberries was fresh, crisp, and delicate. The broth with my wife's mussells was incredible as well. The griled calamarie we had was a relief -- we are always wary of rubber -- but Troia's was a perfect, chicken-like consistency. My beef, which was stuffed with spinach, pine nuts, and cheese, was sort of meatball-ly. The gnocchi's texture was spot on, but its flavor was just ok. Pomodoro was just OK, too."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "It was such a pleasure to try Cafe Troia again after a long absence. The mussels were fabulous and some old favorites were back on the menu. We will be going back much more often as they add new traditional Italian dishes."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Have been going to Cafe Troia since opening at the original location. Things seemed to change when it moved. Have been there 2 x in the last month and both times the food was substandard. A menu change would help also"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Came in 5 min before reservation and waited 10min. Never saw anyone so we left"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our entrees were very good and a nice size. However, our salads were quite small and were just average. The waiter did not ask if we wanted ground pepper. The bread is terrible. Most diners prefer a warm, crusty bread. The olive oil did not have spices added to it. This would not be on our top list of places to dine. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We celebrated a beautiful Mother's Day Brunch on the deck. The food and service were equally as nice as the weather. We have been to Café Troia on numerous and have yet to be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "You'll feel like you are in Little Italy when you visit this charming Cafe. The food was delicious! The atmosphere relaxed yet elegant. But the surprise is in the basement. I don't want to ruin it, so you will have to go to Cafe Troia to catch the action."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had dinner at Troia Saturday evening before Mother's Day. We had not visit the restaurant in many years, since before it reorganized and move across Allegheny Avenue. The four of each had a different dish and all of the food was excellent - pasta with clams, shrimp with pasta, salmon ravioli and veal. We also enjoyed our appetizers and dessert. Our waiter was attentive friendly and had a good recommendation on wine. Setting is casual but very nice. We will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our recent visit was as pleasant as expected! The service was excellent and our special request for a certain table was accommodated with a smile. As always, the food was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Excellent food with reasonable prices! I love the variety in the specials and the depth of the wine list. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Met two friends here for Easter brunch and enjoyed the food very much. The small plate offerings are indeed small but just right before a meal. Two of us had the melon salad platter, my husband had the grilled tuna salad that was perfectly cooked. Service was very friendly but a little lackluster, especially considering the restaurant was not crowded! I had to ask for coffee refills a few times and once our dessert was brought to the DR by the kitchen person, it sat on a tray near the bar waiting for our waiter to return (5 mins or so) to serve it. Thankfully we were enjoying the conversation with our friends. I am looking forward to trying this restaurant for dinner. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Four of us had an early Saturday night dinner. Everyone enjoyed their food. The brascole has become a favorite. The downside was my Branzino fish. It was brought to the table wrapped in parchment the waiter asked if I wanted it unwrapped and deboned. I said yes. When the fish was served it tasted great and there certainly enough of it however presentation left something to be desired. The waiters had a hard time skinning and deboning it. It may have been a tad overcooked and therefore fell apart easily. When we first went there I remember the menu as being very creative. To me it has lost some of that freshness. But the service from our waiter was top notch, the ambiance was good and the food certainly met or exceeded expectations. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "From the food to the service, this dinner was perfect in every way!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Cafe Troia has been providing great food and exceptional service for many years. This is hard to find in a neighborhood setting. For those who hate noisy restaurants, this is a great place to enjoy great dinner conversations with friends or family along with good food and wine."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Café Troia continues to be one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Baltimore. We had a party of 6 and everything that we had was excellent and on time."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is a nice, quiet, romantic gem in the heart of downtown Towson. I have lives here for years and had written it off. From start to finish, every aspect of the meal was done with a sense of pride, professionalism, and a confidence in the quality of their kitchen. I will definitely recommend to many friends and visitors."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Fabulous waiter and hostess, delicious appetizer, salad, and entrees.... crème brulee was divine, too. Ambience was lackluster.....décor and seating feels dated and a bit dull. For the price, I guess I'd prefer a bit more energy and fun people-watching."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "When Troia was across the street, the food was better than average. We were disappointed. The change in chef has not made it better, and it is overpriced by a lot. The bolognese sauce on my pasta was bland and almost gummy because the meat was so mashed. The dish was not worth even half of its $21,00 price. The soup of the day, a vegetable bean, was no better than a canned soup, lacking in flavor and texture."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We can always depend on Cafe Troia to give you a lovely evening of dining. We enjoyed the rockfish and the superb chicken ravioli. The homemade gelato was delicious. Most of all it is such a friendly place from the greeting of the hostess to the attentiveness of our waiter. We shall definiely return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Freezing cold temperatures made the entire experience ridiculous."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were seated in the lower level-heat was broken, so very cold. Appetizer was cold...disappointing for a steamed mussel dish. I got a shrimp dish on special. It was good, but portion was extremely small., and whole wheat pasta was substituted without waiter letting us know. Bread provided was stale. Needless to say, didn't have dessert."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Prices a little on the high side. Try going for lunch instead of dinner."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The first time I went here we had a great meal, so much so we wanted to go back. This time however the service was a big turn-off. It took about 10 minutes after we were seated to order wine...then another 10 before we were approached for any food/appetizer order (so we ordered all at once). We were never asked about appetizers, explained specials, or how the food was. The red-velvet soup was pasta sauce in a bowl with some shallots. The salads left us wanting. The dinner food itself wasn't too bad, but the desserts seemed to come pre-made. All in all, I wont be going back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Although the lunch was good enough, the portions were quite skimpy, The customers would feel more satisfied feeling they were treated generously. Because the place did not have many full tables, the wait staff was overly eager to increase the orders."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Food has gone downhill since our last visit a few months ago. It was good, but nothing special."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Very romantic little neighborhood restaurant with so much potential. Steaks overcooked to the point of well done when medium rare was ordered. Lobster over cooked. Would have sufficed to dip those dry chunks if meat in drawn butter but there was none offered nor lemon or bread for that matter. We didn't bother sending it back because we were starved and it was very busy. Annoyed that the table next to us seemed to get better service and served their meals before we did."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went here for Valentine's Day and the staff was absolutely fantastic. They were very helpful in surprising my fiancee with flowers at the table and helped set it up after I dropped the flowers off ahead of time. We arrive at the restaurant to find our table tucked into a quiet corner with the flowers displayed just perfectly! Our waiter was fantastic as well, having a great wine suggestion after mentioning my first choice was out of stock. Overall, it was a good experience. Food was very tasty and well cooked. For dessert, the tiramisu is the first I have had in a long time to actually use alcohol (in this case rum) for flavor and it was very very good. A little on the pricey side, but not terrible. Great value nonetheless!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My first time dining at Troia and will definitely not be the last. The food and service were outstanding. I am looking forward to coming back to try many of their other dishes. The veal and lamp chops were cooked to perfection and the portions were amazing."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's day. The food was pretty good. We had the crab cake and chicken. My boyfriend has a Cosmo and said it was the worst he's ever had, however my lemon drop was good. Dessert was awesome-brownie with toffee ice cream. Service was slow ans the waiter was blah..not much personality and didn't check on us much. Over all it was nice and I would go back and hopefully get another waiter!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was my second time to this restaurant. We each had fish from the Valentines' Day menu. The food was perfect, the atmosphere quiet, elegant and comfortable. I quite like it a lot and will return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place made my wife and I feel like we were Dating again and really created a spark for us. The food was outstanding and the wine list was extensive and well priced. A hidden secret in Towson"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I go to CAfe Troia each year for this holiday but many other times as well. Friendly people and great food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've only visited Cafe Troia once, so its possible we were there on an off night when the real chef was away. Its also possible Cafe Troia is overrated. Our food was average at best. Be prepared to pay 2 times more than you would at Macaroni Grill for a comparable meal. Much better food is available at places like Sotta Sopra and Cinghiale for a similar price. Service the night we dined at Cafe Troia was slow. The server was very nice, but the overall management and pacing of the meal was odd. Perhaps they were short staffed. Cafe Troia isn't terrible. But the reviews paint a misleading picture. If the prices for entrees averaged $14 instead of $28, I'd reconsider my rating. But when you pay $100 for 2 people you expect more."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "When we first got there, we were kindly greeted and the hostess took our coats (this was different). The food was great, we asked the server for a recommendation (we're not picky) and both dishes ended up tasting very good. The atmosphere was formal and not too crowded (is was a Tuesday night). The server was very kind, polite, and helpful. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Food, as always, was outsanding. Service and attentiveness from staff was off a bit Saturday night"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I parked in the private lot next to the restaurant and unfortunately I didnt see the pay to park kiosk. When I returned to my car an hour and fifteen minutes later my car was up on a tow truck with the shady driver demanding $125 in cash to put it down. It was worse than being held up in the street. I wll never go back to Towson again for any reason. It's a shame because the restaurant was very nice and I enjoy some of the other businesses nearby but I wont take the chance of getting robbed by a tow truck driver again. I've told all my business associates that you could be in for a very expensive lunch meeting if you go to Towson, better to go downtown or Timonium where your car will be where you left it."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "the food was excellent. the service was impeccable. absolutely no complaints. I highly recommend this restaurant. The chef came out of the kitchen and walked around. he stopped by our table to check on us. nice touch."
    Dined on 2/1/2014