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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Very cute little restaurant. It was exactly what I hoped it would be. The food was great and the service even better!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We came to Cafe Troia for Mother's Day dinner. Our reservation changed several times & Lisa and her staff were very accommodating. The food was excellent as usual, and our bottle of wine was a great value at $33.
The dinner rolls are homemade, the Caesar salad can come with anchovies if you'd like, and the specials were very good. Don't skip the gelato for dessert!
We are incredibly thankful that you chose to spend this special day with us at Cafe Troia. We always do our best to accommodate our guests and truly appreciate your constant communication with us so that we could. So glad that everyone enjoyed their meals and this very special occasion. Hope that we’ll see you again next time! Thanks so much, again. Happy Mother’s Day!
2 years ago I LOVED this place. Not today. It was all just mediocre. The service, the food, everything. No one did anything special for the birthday, which I did mention in reservation and several times at tabke. Not even a Happy Birthday. Bizarre. The carpaccio was fresh from the fridge cold and bland. The chicken dish I had looked slightly overcooked. Too much wilting of the greens. The chicken was slightly dry. We skipped dessert entirely because we were so underwhelmed.
I really like this place, generally, and can only hope it was just a bad night. But it felt like the owners have given up. I hope I am wrong.
Hi, Linda. This hurts us to hear! We can assure you that we care just as much about our guests two years ago as we do today, if not more! We appreciate your feedback, and apologize for the oversight in acknowledging the birthday in your party. We do our best to provide fantastic service, food, and ambiance to every guest but are always open to feedback to better our daily operations. We hope you’ll give us another shot to show you a better time, and that we do care! Hope to see you soon, Linda.
Great staff and my client NFL boxer Walter Sanders said the service was awesome great food and great staff
We're so glad that both of you enjoyed the service, food, and time spent with us at Cafe Troia, Jimmy ! We appreciate you reaching out to let us know how excellent your visit was, and we hope that we'll see you again next time!
Delicious food, start to finish. If nothing else, we go there for the Lemon Napolian which has been a sensational dessert on their menu for years.
Henry, we're incredibly thankful that you can always count on Cafe Troia for a fantastic meal from start to finish. The Lemon Napoleon never disappoints, and we're so glad that you enjoy it! We look forward to your next visit, and appreciate this great rating!
We all enjoyed it very much. We will visit every time we are at Towson.
We are so glad that you all enjoyed yourselves! We would love to see you stop in to see us whenever you're in the area! And we look forward to it. Thank you for joining us and for this fantastic rating!
Excellent in every way
This is excellent to hear, Jill! Thank you for joining us and for this fantastic rating. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here. Hope that we'll see you again soon!
We had a party of 8 and had a wonderful time. Food was great and perfect place to take a 94 year old with hearing impairment because it was not too noisy. (Okay, we were probably pretty noisy!)
And thanks for giving us a round table !
Hi, Kate! Incredibly thankful to hear that you and all of your guests enjoyed the food and the atmosphere! Suited for all ages! Thank you for choosing Cafe Troia, and we truly hope that we'll see you all again next time! We are always happy to accommodate.
After living in Towson for almost 2 years, I finally made it to Cafe Troia and can’t believe I waited this long. What a lovely experience and the food was delicious! I’m a first generation Italian American so super picky about pasta, sauce well food in general and especially Italian food! Everything was fresh and tasted really good, a more rustic approach to the sauce which is what I grew up eating. The biggest reason I couldn’t give 5 stars as mom’s was the best! ;-) I will definitely return and look forward to getting a group together to dine in the future. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
As a true Italian restaurateur, we have to respect that mama's is best! But we are eternally grateful for your kind words on all of the food and the preparation. We take an immense amount of pride in what we do and we're glad it served you well. So glad that you finally made it in to join us and had an incredible experience. Nothing makes us happier than to hear this from our guests. We look just as forward to your next visit as you do! Can't wait to see you then. Thanks so much, Nina!
Nice menu but we both had the chef's specials, a seafood stew and a fresh fish. Both were delicious. Started with a tuna tartare and a grilled romaine salad which were both also delicious. Very nice wine selection. Enjoyed a bottle of Vermentino. That's not a wine found at many other restaurants.
Thank you for joining us! Truly excellent to hear that you enjoyed the chefs specials as well as some other traditional menu items. The Vermentino is always an exceptional bottle to pair with our food, and we're thankful that you found one that you enjoy at Cafe Troia. Hope that we'll see you again soon!
Fabulous from start to finish. Seasoned servers with exquisite food. One of our favorite spots in Baltimore County.
We're so glad that you enjoyed everything! So thankful to hear that the service was exceptional for you and that you loved the food. We love being one of our favorite spots! And truly hope that we'll see you again soon! Looking forward to it!
The food was sensational and it was quiet enough to talk.
We're so thankful to hear that the food and ambiance created a fantastic time out for you. Thank you for joining us at Cafe Troia and we hope that we'll see you again next time! We look forward to it.
I haven't been to the Cafe Troia for several years, and am happy that they still offer some of the best Italian food in Towson. The veal scaloppine is fantastic!
We're so pleased to hear that you came back to see us again, Sandy! Thank you for choosing to dine with us, and for letting us know that the food is still incredible even after all of these years. The Veal Scaloppine is always a hit! So pleased to hear that you enjoyed it, and we hope that you'll come and see us again soon! We look forward to it.
The food was wonderful but the service was not. I wanted to use valet parking but no one came out so I dropped my wife off and looked for parking. She walked in the door and 2 valet attendants were just sitting there.
We had to ask our waitress several time for water. After the rolls were brought over and she left we had to get up from the table to the serving cart near us to get butter since she neglected to bring any. At the conclusion of our dinner we waited for way too long to be asked about desserts. Upon finishing our dessert/coffee we waited an even longer time for our server to return. She never did on her own. I eventually left the table to search for her through the now near empty restaurant to ask for our check.
Hi, Ron. We thank you for joining us for dinner, and appreciate your great words about the food that was served. We apologize that both the valet and table service let you down and soured your experience with us. We will use your feedback to locate where you sat and address your concerns with the server, as well at the valet attendants. We appreciate hearing this from you and in turn, allowing us to better our operations. Thank you, and we hope that we’ll have the pleasure of seeing you again.
Our meal was only partially satisfying. The grilled romaine salad is usually wonderful, but this time, it had spent too much time on the grill. Dressing was delicious! My wife's eggplant parmesan was badly overcooked to the point where it was a soft mush. She didn't eat much. My other companion and I had shrimp and pasta with a parmesan cream sauce and it was nicely done with the pasta al dente. The sauce however was too creamy and not with enough parmesan. Dessert was the incomparable lemon Napoleon which was superb. Cappuccinos were also good. Maybe the main chef was off - we like the restaurant but this wasn't the best night we've spent there.
We appreciate your feedback on your recent visit, and always love hearing about our guests experiences, good or bad. It allows us to utilize their opinions and educate those working hard in the kitchen to serve our food to its fullest potential. We thank you for your continued patronage, and hope that your next visit is a better one, like you’ve had so many times before. We look forward to it. Thank you again!
Awesome experience. Ambiance was perfect, staff was amazing. Owner spent time talking about Italy.
Food was excellent
We're so pleased to hear that all of these aspects of a fantastic dining experience aligned for you, Jeff! It was so nice to speak about Italy and share the love that we have for our place. We appreciate your patronage, and kind words. Hope that we'll have the pleasure of seeing you next time!
Consistently good. Love the pasta and fish. Also good wine list.
We truly appreciate hearing this from you, Jean! Thank you for this fantastic rating and for letting us know that you enjoy consistently great food each and every time you join us. We look forward to your next visit! Hope to see you soon.
I’m sorry to write this review. I had always heard how exceptional this restaurant was so I was excited to take my family there to celebrate a birthday. We were seated right away by a kind hostess. That was about as good as it got. We waited for what seemed like an eternity for our server. When she finally made it to our table ( mind you it was Monday night and the restaurant was not busy) we were asked if we wanted water. There are water glasses on the table. They should be filled without asking. Then I ordered a glass of prosecco. Not knowing if they had it at the bar the server walked away from the table, returned ten minutes later to tell me they did indeed carry prosecco, but didn’t bring me a glass. SMH.
Appetizers. We ordered the arancini and grilled calamari. The calamari didn’t look the least bit appetizing and in fact was tasteless. The arancini looked nice but as my daughter put it “tasted like the rice was made with dirty water”. The table concurred. For fear of being embarrassed, my family wouldn’t let me say anything at the time so we just politely left the remaining food on the plates to be cleared. When i waited tables and food was left, I asked if there was a problem. Not here. The plates were just scurried away.
My family ordered from the menu. When it came to me I asked if there were any specials. There was. Why didn’t she start off by telling us about them? Five people had already ordered. SMH. Branzino was on the special menu. I asked how was it cooked. She said filleted. Anything else on there? She was a little stumped so she guessed. I still ordered it. Not terrible but heavy for such a delicious fish.
My girls ordered a pasta dish that resembles shrimp scampi. They skimped on the shrimp so it was massively overpriced. Lastly, I ordered a cup of decaf coffee. I’m writing this at 3:30 in the morning. Been up since 1:00. Perhaps she got that wrong too.
I had really high hopes for Cafe Troia. We will not go back. Ever.
Jennifer, thank you for joining us. We will use your feedback to train our servers so that they are more prepared when handling specific requests and to better familiarize themselves with specials and available menu items. As for the food, we're sorry that this wasn't brought to our attention at the time of your visit so that we were able to fix it for you and your family. We truly feel that we offer much more than a 1-star visit for our guests. Sorry that we fell short of your expectations.
Good meal. We liked the fact that we could get a half serving of pasta which allowed us to get a couple of sides without being too much food. The wine list was great and we really enjoyed the bottle we had which was 50 percent off. A very enjoyable experience.
Hi, Barbara. Thank you so much for joining us. We're so pleased to know that you enjoyed the portion sizes, and being able to have full range of our fantastic menu options. Half priced bottle night is always a hit! Hope that you'll join us again next time. Looking forward to it!
The food was outstanding, however service in the bar area was much less than expected.
Thank you for joining us and for letting us know how much you enjoyed the food! We're sorry to hear that the service wasn't aligned with the food, but we will use this opportunity to address this with our staff. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to see you next time! Have a great weekend.
We're so glad that you enjoyed yourself and our place! It means a lot to hear this from you and to see this fantastic rating. We hope that we'll have the pleasure of seeing you next time! Have a great week!
Thank you for fitting us in on Valentines day. Although the lower level dining is not our favorite venue.
It was our pleasure to do so! We're sorry that you didn't enjoy the lower level. We had to maximize seating on such a busy night, but please let us know for your next reservation so that we can accommodate accordingly. Hope to see you then!
Delightful Valentine evening. Intimate, tasty, and friendly all around.
Thank you for joining us for Valentine's Day! We're so thankful to hear that we contributed to making this special night out that much better for you both. We hope that we'll see you again next time! Looking forward to it.
This was the best meal at Troia in a while. Everything was perfect!!! Everyone at the table was thrilled to have such a perfect evening of dining, conversation and ambience.
We're so thankful that we were able to make this evening perfect for you and everyone in your party, Barbara. We're thrilled to hear that the food, service, and overall time spent with us pleased everyone. We truly appreciate hearing this from you, and look forward to your next visit! We'll see you then!
Wonderful, classy restaurant! Great food, excellent service, and quiet enough to have a conversation.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Bruce! We're thrilled to know that our ambiance suited you well for your time out, and that the service and food aligned in their quality as well. We appreciate hearing from you, and truly look forward to seeing you again next time!
We really enjoyed our experience. It was restaurant week and we took advantage of the specials. The beet salad was excellent. We also got the beef carpaccio which wasn't part of restaurant week, it was terrific as always.The entrees weren't what we normally would pick but we got the beef roulade, which was okay, ground beef rolled up and the fish which was good. The service was great as usual.
Thanks so much for joining us! We're thankful to hear that you took advantage of our extended restaurant week menu and that you weren't disappointed in your choices. We're pleased to hear that the service was great as well for you, and to know that this is a consistency that we have established here. Hope that we'll have the pleasure of seeing you again soon! Thank you for the feedback.
Delicious, fresh food in a lovely setting. The outdoor patio and deck are great spring and summer!
Pamela, we're so thrilled that you loved the food and the setting! We cannot wait for the weather to warm up so we can enjoy it as well! Thank you so much for this fantastic rating, and we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon; especially in the warmer weather! Thank you again, have a great weekend!
Food was amazing, modern take on Italian favorites. Staff was professional and friendly.
This means so much to hear from you, Theresa! Thanks so much for joining us. We're thrilled to know that the food and service were outstanding for your visit, and look forward to your next one! Hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend!
Our service was not great
Only filled one water glass when all needed it
Appetizer and salad delivered at same time
No bread until we asked for it
Seated right on time. Good service, interesting dinner specials. A bit pricey but I would definitely go back.
We love to hear this from you, John! Thanks so much for this great rating, and for letting us know how great the food and service were for you visit on NYE. We truly feel that the quality of the food that we serve matches the price at which we sell it. We hope that you'd agree, and we look forward to seeing you again!
Excellent food. Service a little slow
Hey, Amy. We thank you for dining with us for NYE! We are thrilled to hear that all of the plates were prepared perfectly for you, but are disappointed to hear that the service was a little slow. We will be sure to address this with our staff to ensure that they are always on top of their game, and ask for assistance when needed. We thank you for this fantastic rating, and hope to see you again in the future! Happy New Year!
Amazing food, delicious and beautifully presented. Always a wonderful meal.
We're so flattered to hear that you can always count on us for a fantastic meal, Sue. Thank you for this terrific rating, and for joining us. We look forward to seeing you many, many more times in the future. Have a great new year!
This was our first visit to Troia in a long time. The new location is attractive and warm. Our daughter enjoyed the ravioli special and beet salad. Our son had meatballs and spaghetti with carrots as a side. Both were declared delicious. My husband had the veal scaloppine with potatoes. I had the grilled romaine and the spaghetti a’Marriciana—tomatoes and pancetta. I was not impressed with the grilled romaine as the dressing was bland. Other than that our meals were very good. I would have like a bit of fresh grated Parmesan cheese for my entre but it was not offered. That would be a nice touch for the restaurant to offer.
We are so glad that you joined us, and that you enjoyed the location and setting here at Cafe Troia. We are thrilled to hear that the kids and your husband enjoyed their food. We're disappointed to hear that you felt the dressing wasn't flavorful. We will inform the chef of your words and ensure that the recipe is being followed correctly. We will be sure to offer you fresh Parmesan on your next visit as well. Your server will be more than happy to accommodate. Hope to see you then!
I love this place, and have been a loyal customer since the days when it was located in a room with a deli counter across the street. Food bread, ground pepper for my salad, a bowl for my clam shells. The waiter was personable, but not very focused. Training by an experienced server would go a long way to fixing this. Otherwise, highly recommended.
We appreciate your loyalty to our place more than you know. And thank you for your years of believing in us and our processes here. We continue to train our new servers throughout their beginning days/weeks here so that they have a comfortable knowledge of the menu. We're glad to hear that he was personable, and hope that he shows a lot more focus on your next visit. Thank you for your feedback, and we appreciate your recommendation!
We were seated on the lower level, along with another table of 8 and 3 other small tables. The noise level interfered with our being able to hear each other, and the room was quite warm. The food was excellent, but the service was slow. We arrived at 6:30 and didn't leave until about 8:45 - with no coffee or dessert (except for a birthday dessert for one in our party; thank you). If we come again, we would insist on being seated on the main level.
Hey, Harriet. Thank you for this great rating, and for letting us know how great the food was. With the influx of reservations around this time of the year, we try our best to maximize seating while ensuring great service. We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the lower level, and we'll be happy to try and accommodate differently next time. Thank you again, and have a great holiday!