Cafe Troia

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$30 and under
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Italian
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 29 years. Our natural meats have no artificial hormones or antibiotics. When possible, we purchase local produce to endure its freshness. All this is nothing new, we have operated this way since 1986 which is why we have such a loyal following.
We have three separate dining rooms, offering privacy for special events. We have the prettiest outdoor dining with a covered deck, an outdoor bar, and a piazza dining area.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We give you dining options - choose from our regular menu or from our Valentine Specials, all a la carte. As always, we will be cooking from scratch to order with the highest quality ingredients. Buon Appetito!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 813 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Had the linguine with calamari in a spicy tomato sauce. It was a chewy mess in an oily brown sauce. Yuck!

j
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Lousy service. The waiter was too cozy at first and then disappeared. Took us forever to get the plates cleared and the bill. He knew very little about the wine list. My main dish was way too spicy, overwhelming the fish. My wife’s chicken was good. The chocolate flam tasted cheap.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fabulous and the food was delicious. We had a very quiet, intimate dinner by the fireplace. Cafe Troia is the best.

P
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just a terrific dinner-my wife and I enjoyed it enormously. We both had the soup of the day, delicious chicken vegetable; I then had grilled calamari which was superb followed by entrees of chicken paillard and veal scallopini both so good.-definite 5 star meal with terrific service.

P
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was all unusually salty. Monkfish, clams in white wine sauce, and filet of beef with spinach and pine nuts. The beef carpaccio, mussels and chickpea soup were all delicious. The pre-dinner drinks were perfect.

CC
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Cafe Troia’s menu is nothing special and very overpriced for what you get. I ordered the grilled tuna, fennel and mixed green salad. The spices on the tuna were barely detectable and there were only a few slivers of fennel in the greens. This was disappointing. For $17 I had expected a larger serving and a more creative approach to this dish.

CB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Staff and kitchen were clearly overwhelmed for Christmas Eve. Never again. Other local restaurants handle holidays much better. Caesar salads were tasteless and all of us who had them had stomach issues the next morning. Out of the four main entrees two were very good, the other two mediocre.

Cafe Troia
Responded on January 13, 2020

Carol, we are deeply sorry that we did not hit the marks for your Christmas Eve dinner this year. We did not have any complaints from other customers about stomach issues, however, we do thank you for bringing this to our attention, and we will address the kitchen about this. We would really love to know more about your visit, so we can fix things in the future. Please contact troialisa@yahoo so we can talk about this further. Thank you very much, Carol!

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S
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.

Cafe Troia
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you Susan! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon!

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KL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely.

Cafe Troia
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you Karen, we appreciate your review and we hope to see you again soon!

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M
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great as usual. Quiet ambiance (Tuesday evening) was perfect for a business discussion. Service was not as good as usual. Wine glasses were kept low, we had to pour our wine from the decanter. WE were sitting in the front section at my request because it was quieter that evening. Felt like our server was busy somewhere else with other sections of the restaurant. I'll be back for sure but if service is not better next time, this will b my last time.

GM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Our server reassured us about cross contamination. The space was lovely and we could hear each other! A great find in Towson.

Cafe Troia
Responded on December 21, 2019

Yeah! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this feedback. We take allergies very seriously, and we are so happy we could accommodate you! Please come back again soon, we look forward to the opportunity to wow you again!

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s
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, amazing experience. Food was delicious, atmosphere was quiet and comfortable. Service was great. Parking was a plus. Will definitely go back.

Cafe Troia
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hey Shellbam, thank you so much for the feedback for Cafe Troia! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and the ambiance, and we do appreciate the love for the parking, we strive to make it easy for our patrons to come see us! We hope to see you again soon. Until then, cheers!

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FT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious Italian Food! Intimate setting and friendly staff. We will return.

Cafe Troia
Responded on December 11, 2019

Thank you for the review, FThomas. We appreciate the feedback, and we can't wait to see you around the restaurant again. We can't wait to serve you again!

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M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming and deceptively large gem tucked into downtown Towson ... and with dedicated free parking to boot. Delicious, authentic Italian food. Each of the four of us enjoyed our meals — from pasta to risotto to steak. And the lemon curd Napoleon was delightful.

Cafe Troia
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thanks so much for coming to join us, Michele! We could not be happier to read that you were pleasantly surprised by our location and enjoyed both the meal and the atmosphere. We appreciate the kind words and truly hope that we'll see you back again soon! Thanks again.

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A
Baltimore
100 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at this restaurant. I was taking a friend out for her birthday and she chose this one. The food was fabulous and we both were able to relax and catch up with each other.

Cafe Troia
Responded on November 22, 2019

We're so glad that you both came to join us, and that your first visit was exceptional! We appreciate the incredible rating, as well as the compliments regarding the food, service, and time spent at Cafe Troia. We hope to see you both back again soon! Looking forward to it.

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E
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

Cafe Troia
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thanks for joining us, Eric! So thrilled to read that your server was friendly and attentive. Hope we'll see you back again soon for another great time at Cafe Troia. Looking forward to it!

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TG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Slow service. Sat in basement- not great atmosphere- but it was quieter than upstairs and we had requested a quiet area. Then there was a Loud wedding above us. Entrees were pretty good. Tiramisu was terrible. No apologies from management to the diners affected by the wedding. Wouldn’t return.

Cafe Troia
Responded on November 17, 2019

Tracy, we truly apologize that you didn’t enjoy your experience with us as much as we could have hoped. We do our absolute best to show all of our guests a great time, including the wedding that we were honored to host. We do apologize if it effected your experience, as this was never our intention. We would love for you to give us another chance to show you a better meal and a more inviting, quiet, and typical atmosphere next time. And a better slice of tiramisu! We hope to see you then.

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BD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just had 40 people rehearsal dinner at Cafe Troia - it was superb! From the back porch cocktail hour to the main dining room dinner, I could not have asked for a better restaurant. Because of the flexibility and organization of Ms. Lisa with the staffs hard work it was well done. Guests commented on the freshness of the shrimp/branzinie, excellent veal piccata and delicious chocolate flan. Thank you Cafe Troia! Marcia.

Cafe Troia
Responded on October 27, 2019

It was our pleasure to host this special event for you and your family, Brian! Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much every one of your guests enjoyed the food, the service and time spent with us. We thank you for allowing us the pleasure of taking fantastic care of you all during this special time. We hope to see you all back again! Thanks so much. Hope the wedding was fantastic!

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I had the ravioli and asparagus, and ordered the full-size $22 so that I would have leftovers. The full-size order was 6 ravioli, and tiny pieces of asparagus. The food was delicious, but for not good value for the money. Also ordered the warm olives, which were not warm. The roll, however, was very good. Service was so-so. The devil's in the details!

Cafe Troia
Responded on October 21, 2019

Dana, thank you for coming to try us out at Café Troia! We’re disappointed to read that you didn’t feel the quality of the food matched the price at which it is placed. Our house-made ravioli is typically very popular so we appreciate the feedback so that we can take it in moving forward. We will also address your concerns with the service provided and hope to show you a better experience next time, Dana! Thank you.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Too pricey for the food quality. The drinks were good though.

Cafe Troia
Responded on October 21, 2019

We’re disappointed to read this from you, John! Our guests happiness and satisfaction means everything to us and we’d love the opportunity to speak with you further to gain more insight as to what items you felt didn’t match the price at which they are placed. Please email me at troialisa@yahoo. Hope to hear from you!

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w
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful homemade Italian cuisine. We had the burrata and prosciutto appetizer. Wonderful and definitely prosciutto di Parma. Bolognese for me was delightful. My wife had the seasonal ravioli and it was also wonderful. Nice touch with the freshly made bread. Nice assortment of wines with good array of price points. Server was nice but a bit rushed at times. We highly recommend and plan to return as our son is in college at Towson

Cafe Troia
Responded on October 9, 2019

We're so thankful that you came to join us! We love to read that you enjoyed so many of our Italian classics and had an excellent meal and overall experience with us at Cafe Troia. Hope you'll think of us next time you're in the area visiting your son! Go Tigers! Thanks so much.

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MF
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like quality Italian food and don't want to go downtown, try this restaurant in Towson. Among my favorites is the Osso Buco, Veal chop and Lamb chops. Stick around for dessert. It will be worth the extra calories.

Cafe Troia
Responded on October 7, 2019

We cannot thank you enough for your kind words! We take immense pride in providing our guests with an authentic Italian meal and nothing makes us happier than reading that you can count on us. We appreciate your compliments on so many of the dishes that we offer, and can't wait to see you again next time so you can try more favorites! Thanks so much.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my daughter and family for parents weekend. The food was incredible and great portion size. Really really good service and perfect ambiance. A little pricey but worth it.

Cafe Troia
Responded on October 7, 2019

We're so glad you came to join us! We appreciate hearing that everyone enjoyed the food as well as the service on this recent visit. Hope you enjoyed parents weekend, and will be back to join us again next time you're in town! We'd love to have you. Thanks so much!

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T
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was great!

Cafe Troia
Responded on October 7, 2019

So pleased to read this from you! Thank you for dining with us at Cafe Troia and for letting us know how great your experience was, all around. Hope to see you back again soon!

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l
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The dining room is lovely and quiet, which is a welcome respite from most restaurants today. Our spinach appetizer was delicious but the veal entree was dry and overcooked, although the mushroom sauce was delicious.

Cafe Troia
Responded on September 18, 2019

Lindy, thank you for joining us at Cafe Troia! We're so pleased you enjoyed the warm, quiet ambiance with us for your dining experience. We're disappointed to read that you felt the veal was a tad overcooked. However, we appreciate you bringing it to our attention so that we can pass the feedback along and show you a better meal next time. Looking forward to seeing you then!

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FA
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambience in general. The food was amazing, and tasted like real Italian cuisine. You could tell the ingredients were very authentic and very fresh.

Cafe Troia
Responded on September 18, 2019

Authentic Italian and fresh ingredients are what we're all about, AJ! So pleased to read that you enjoyed the food, the service, and the ambiance here with us at Cafe Troia. We hope that we'll see you again soon! Looking forward to another great time.

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h
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The pasta selections were very good. An inexpensive by the glass wine selection was available. Deserts were quite good and not overly large. I think that we will return frequently. My review would have been better, but we happened to dine on an evening when there was a banquet going on and we were seated in a front, rather acoustically loud room with a table of 10 salesmen (or something). At any rate, the circumstances, while perhaps unavoidable, made it difficult to enjoy our meals...and the couple with whom we were dining....as much as we might have. This was our first time dining at Troia's and we do plan on returning. Hopefully, the ambiance will be better next time. The food was very good.

Cafe Troia
Responded on September 13, 2019

We're so glad that you came to see us! We apologize if the events going on around our restaurant affected your time with us. We would love to see you back again for more terrific food and great times all around. Hope to see you soon! Thank you for the feedback.

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WB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food, atmosphere, service was enjoyed by all, including Spencer.

Cafe Troia
Responded on September 5, 2019

We're so pleased to know that you had an amazing experience all around! Thank you for this incredible rating and kind words about your time at Cafe Troia. We will pass your compliments along to Spencer, and hope to see you again soon!

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J
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Our server, James, was terrific, personable, attentive, and made excellent recommendations about the menu. We had the special pastas offered and they were wonderful. We'll go back again when we're in town.

Cafe Troia
Responded on September 5, 2019

So glad that you came to join us while you were in Town! We truly appreciate your kind words about the quality of the food as well as the service provided to you. We will absolutely pass the compliments along to James! Looking forward to another great visit in the future. Thank you!

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S
New York Area
213 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed very much our dinner.

Cafe Troia
Responded on August 27, 2019

We love to read this from you, Stan! Thank you for joining us for dinner at Cafe Troia and for letting us know how great your experience was. Hope that we'll see you back again next time!

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PF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our dining experience very much. Cafe Troia is a lovely atmosphere, and the food was delicious. It was my birthday, and when our server learned that, he brought a dessert with a candle at the end of the meal. We had dinner upstairs in one of the formal dining rooms. However, we do want to return and enjoy a light fare where there was outdoor seating.

Cafe Troia
Responded on August 21, 2019

So pleased to read that you had an amazing birthday dinner with us at Cafe Troia, Pat! Thanks for choosing to ring this special occasion in with us. We cannot thank you enough for your kind words about the atmosphere, service, and food during your time. We'd love to see you again on the patio! It's always a nice time. Looking forward to it. Happy belated birthday!

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K
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This was not my first time at Cafe Troia. We chose to dine here for restaurant week. We were a little disappointed in getting seated in the front room, yet a trip to the ladies room showed the formal dining room was empty.

We were very disappointed in the Restaurant week menu, and chose to select from the full menu. Our dishes were excellent, and so were the desserts.

This was however the first time sitting at the bar, and the bartender was very friendly, and the drinks were perfectly made. Nice bar space, and perfect for a pre dinner drink.

Cafe Troia
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thanks for joining us again, Kelly! So glad that you came to see our restaurant week menu and enjoyed all of the selections available and served to you. If you'd prefer for different seating on your next visit, just let us know and we'd be happy to accommodate if we are able to. Glad to read that the bartender was friendly and that the drinks and space suited you well. Hope to see you again soon! Thanks.

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening. The best restaurant week menu! Lisa selected the perfect wine for each of our our preference and entree. Both the food and service were outstanding.

Cafe Troia
Responded on August 12, 2019

So glad that you enjoyed the wine recommendations and had a truly wonderful evening with us at Cafe Troia! We love to read that the food was fantastic, the service was attentive, and that you enjoyed every aspect of your time with us. We appreciate your kind words and hope that we'll see you again soon. Thank you!

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MP
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cafe Troia is always excellent. The only reason I did not give a 5 rating to everything is because there's always room to improve something. Everyone should enjoy this restaurant at least once in their lifetime. Of course, the more the better.

Cafe Troia
Responded on July 31, 2019

We can appreciate this from you, Michael! While we want nothing more than for our guests to enjoy a 5-star experience with us, we always strive to be our best and improve on something every day. Glad to read that you consistently enjoy our place and the experience that it provides to you. Greatly appreciate the recommendation and truly hope to see you again soon!

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M
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

CT food is consistently high quality. It was a beautiful summer evening and we wanted to sit outside on their lovely deck, and we arrived were sad to discover they were hosting a large party on the deck and we were seated in the basement. I certainly would have rescheduled if I had known basement seating was the only place available to us. We enjoyed our meal of steamed mussels (the best available in Baltimore area), olives, lamb chops and branzino filet.

Cafe Troia
Responded on June 26, 2019

Hi, Mary! Thank you for joining us at Cafe Troia. We're sorry that the dinner you had envisioned with us was not what you experienced. We do our best to try and inform our guests if their preferred seating is unavailable if we are made aware of it. We're glad that the food was still great for you, and hope that your next summer evening with us can be spent on the patio! We look forward to seeing you then.

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DT
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Cafe Troia. Because our first time was such a great experience, we're back only 2 weeks later. This is a hidden gem in the heart of busy Towson. Beautiful decor, quiet, intimate bar, indoor and outdoor seating. You'll feel transported far away from the metropolis. The food is delicious with several specials added to their regular menu. Makes the choices more difficult! Fresh fish, homemade pasta, delectable desserts and to top of each dining adventure we were presented with the owner's own homemade, magnificent Limoncello. She came to our table to insure we were enjoying everything and she told us about the family recipe which takes about 3 months to make. And let me not forget to mention our fantastic waiter, Moises. On our first visit, he gave us a personal tour of the restaurant (there are 2 floors) Such a pleasant, professional and personable man. We asked to be seated in his station. We were so happy to find him working this evening and he remembered us! Although this restaurant is not close to home, it will definitely become a regular spot when we're in the Towson area. Highly recommend.

Cafe Troia
Responded on June 24, 2019

These are the types of comments that make all of our hard work so rewarding, Dave. We cannot tell you how much it means to hear that our atmosphere, the service provided, and the food were all exceptional for you yet again. So great that Moises remembered you and made your return, and initial, visit that much more enjoyable. Thank you for trying the limoncello and for your kind words about it! We love nothing more than to hear how much you loved your time with us and we hope to see you soon!

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went there for our anniversary. James waited on us and was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He directed us with the correct pairings while being sensitive to food allergies. The back deck was perfect for a beautiful night. Both dinner and dessert were great. And Lisa even came by to check on us (her homemade limoncello is fantastic!) we will be back again soon!

Cafe Troia
Responded on June 13, 2019

So glad that you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us! We're so pleased that you chose to spend this special occasion with us at Cafe Troia, knowing that we would take great care of you. We will let James know how much you enjoyed him! And so glad that you enjoyed the limocello! The best way to end any night out! Happy Anniversary to you both! See you again soon!

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BB
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute little restaurant. It was exactly what I hoped it would be. The food was great and the service even better!

Cafe Troia
Responded on June 4, 2019

This is so great to hear from you, Brian! Thank you so, so much for joining us at Cafe Troia and for letting us know that we surpassed your expectations! Both food and service combined. We appreciate hearing from you and truly hope that we'll see you back again soon!

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BZ
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was excellent as usual. We had a Saturday 8pm reservation and the restaurant was not crowded. We ordered a salad and an appetizer, both to share and each ordered an entree. The salad and appetizer can out together and 5 minutes later the entrees arrived. Upon questioning the waiter, he said he could put the food under the warming lights which we declined, but the entire meal was out on the table 15 minutes after we were seated. I expect more of a quality restaurant.

Cafe Troia
Responded on May 23, 2019

Hi, Bob. We’re so glad that you enjoyed the food on your recent visit. We truly apologize that your starters and entrees were not spaced appropriately. We always strive to allow our guests to enjoy every course, without rush, and we've put systems in place to ensure this. We will be looking into this further to see that all of our staff follow this protocol without fail so this doesn't occur again. Hope that you’ll give us another shot to show you a better time. We look forward to it.

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P
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We have had better experiences here and hope for better next time. The waitress forgot to bring bread, the kitchen forgot to add the vinaigrette to the tuna salad, the grilled calamari was slightly over-cooked, and the pappardelle was verging on soggy. This was not because the restaurant was busy.

Cafe Troia
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hey, Paul. We greatly appreciate that you know our typical standards of operations and your feedback on your recent visit. We truly apologize that this last experience was not up to par and we will be looking into this to ensure a better, consistent, visit for you next time. Thank you for your continued patronage and we look forward to this next visit.

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