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About 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 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.
Towson, MD 21204
Italian, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - close; Saturday 5:00pm - close; Sunday -closed
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
Chef George Batlas
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
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.
Cafe Troia Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I enjoyed a meal here with his parents. The food was exceptional. I enjoyed the Penne alla Norma with pan fried eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, basil, and mozzarella. My husband chose the Bracciole with Gnocchi which included organic braised beef rolled with spinach, pine-nuts and Romano cheese simmered in tomato sauce. Both dishes were flavorful, and included home made sauces. The grilled calamari took us by surprise, it was a bit chewy and grainy. We recommend going with mussels and salads for starters - the romance salad and beet salad were freshing and light. Overall it made for an authentic Italian cuisine experience.Our server timed the meal excellently and provided quality service throughout the meal. At the conclusion of our stay we were treated to house made limoncello in the bar. This was a big hit with my in-laws!
The place was fantastic as always. Our server was phenomenal and the food excellent. Only negative thing I have to say is a put the loud group of friends at the center table. I’m trying to have a nice/romantic conversation with my wife while we enjoyed our food and the 3 couples thought they were in the islands on vacation. Wrapping napkins on their heads, asking the waiter to take their photos, hooting and cheering and talking very loudly to the point where I was ready to give my answers to questions they were asking each other. But I can’t hold the restaurant accountable for the actions of people who obviously thought the rapture came and they were the last customers on earth. Cafe Troia is beautiful and excellent. My wife and I go there every Valentine’s Day.
I've been here several times before. This time a little disappointing. It was for a birthday and I said so on the reservation. But no mention of it by the waiter or anything special done. A little piece of cake would have been appreciated. More importantly, the food was rather ordinary. Veal cutlet and chicken cutlet both a little tough and I remember thinking that I could have made it myself - nothing special. The waiter seemed a bit frazzled even though it wasn't crowded. I asked for a bubbly Moscato and they only had it sold by the bottle. It was okay but I don't think I would go here again for a special occasion. Maybe I need to stick with the pasta.
We really enjoyed the 2018 Baltimore County Restaurant Week special menu for lunch on Feb. 2nd. I ordered the lentil soup, orecchiette pasta with spicy sausage, and cannoli. My husband ordered the fresh house salad, perfectly baked salmon with dill sauce and thinly sliced roasted potatoes, and tiramisu. We each had a glass of wine and the whole meal with tax was $50 (before tip), a real bargain! Our waiter Jose was very good, friendly and efficient. The room was comfy as was our table, with a nice semi-couch to sit on. We took home half of our meal and had a nice lunch at home the next day with the leftovers. We plan to come back again soon!
I have reviewed this restaurant previously, but it's worth another because there seems to be a full scale effort towards continual improvement from a traditional past to a more timely and detailed present.
My earlier review crowed about a grilled romaine salad with a creamy gorgonzola, oil and cream dressing. Troia's has doubled down on this signature-quality offering by adding a grilled caesar salad as well. It is fabulous. Warming the letuce on the grill allows the dressing to become more aromatic and it gives the cheeses in both dressings to spread their wings of taste. These salads are not to be missed!
On this night, my companion chose the gorgonzola and I tried the caesar. There was a noticeable lull in our conversation as we both savored those salads. Mains were no less delicious. My friend ordered his perennial favorite, Troia's richly layered lasagne. The layers of pasta, ricotta cheese, meat and sauce and parmesan combined to produce a satisfied smile on his face. I veered away from strictly Italian entrees to have chicken breast filets, pounded but not encrusted in breading, but instead sauted and topped with a mushroom cream and fresh tarragon sauce that was delectable. The thinly-sliced and slightly crusty potatoes were a perfect counterbalance. It was memorable, served nicely and with care and pride.
I saved enough room for affogato, a scoop of vanilla ice cream swimming in expresso. Wow. If you drive by Troia's and see a tent pitched on the sidewalk in front, it's only me, waiting for my next Troia Treat...They could use a little help on some of the wines, but this restaurant continues to impress!
Bread was hard....butter hard. no spices to mix with oil for bread. asked for bread took 10 minutes for it to arrive to table....only received one on plate. Very few wines could be purchase by glass. overall fair....not qualify of service or food it was 5 yrs ago
Went with friends to catch up on life. Our waiter Jose shared the specials of the evening with us, then made excellent recommendations for which kind of wine would go with the meals we ordered. The food was prepared with care, the plates arrived looking delicious, and tasted even better. We enjoyed a wonderful meal, an unhurried pace and were able to relax with our friends.
After reading and hearing some very good reviews, we really waned to like Cafe Troia, but we were fairly disappointed. We started with the arancini. The filling was good, but the outside was very under done and not at all crisp. We each then had the arugula salad which was a bit under seasoned, but easily fixed with some salt and pepper. For the main course, I got the bracciole with gnocchi. The gnocci was very mushy, and the rest of the dish was just ok. My wife got the agnolotti piemontesi, which was the highlight of the dinner. The pasta was well cooked, and the filling and sauce were very good.
On the positive side, the service was excellent. The staff was friendly and attentive. The wine was also very good.
It is possible that they had an off night since we have heard from a number of people that Cafe Troia is very good, so we may give it another shot.
Four of us had dinner at Cafe Troia and we enjoyed the experience. The food was very good, and it was reasonably priced. Our waiter was knowledgeable, and he had a good sense of humor, too. The setting was nicely lit with dimmed lights, and we could have a conversation without shouting.
My husband and I went for our anniversary based on reviews I had read. The restaurant ambiance is lovely and the menu is very impressive. We shared two appetizers of which the grilled calamari was outstanding. We then each had a pasta (homemade) dish, both of which were delicious. We also enjoyed our drinks. They were very generous and sent dessert over on the house for our anniversary. Our only complaint was, although our server was very nice, service was extremely and unnecessarily slow. If we go back, it will be for the great food, not the service!
This year I selected Cafe Troia for our company Christmas luncheon. I could not have been more pleased. Food was wonderful, service was attentive and friendly but not intrusive. Don’t miss great coffee selection and desserts were top notch!!
We topped it off by being able to make “coats for kids donations” right there!!! Happy Holidays to all.
Thanks Cafe Troia team!
The food was very, very good. Waiter was friendly and attentive. The noise level was totally unacceptable. We expect a busy restaurant to be somewhat noisy on a Saturday evening. However, on this occasion, a party of six was seated in the middle of the dining area. They were beyond loud...they were obnoxiously loud. Seemed to have had too much alcohol. And...their waiter made matters worse by yelling and joining in. In fact, after they paid their bill, he sat down with them and joined in the bad behavior. Other waiters, including ours, just rolled their eyes and seemed to be embarrassed. My wife started to attempt to say something to them, but they were far too gone. The restaurant staff should have handled the situation better. Ruined an otherwise very good evening.
We've been to Cafe Troia a few times and had a great experience each visit. I particularly like that many of the meals come in two sizes, and I was able to get one of my favorites (a pasta dish) as an appetizer while trying something new as my entree.
I did feel that our server had a tendency to disappear between courses, though the restaurant did grow much busier as we were there. While we were eating our main meal, however, she was there frequently, filling our water glasses and making sure our drink orders remained filled.
I suggest leaving room for dessert! Cafe Troia has some very nice desserts and, unlike a lot of restaurants, they make them a nice size for one person. They aren't small by any definition, but you don't feel like you have to share a dessert just to finish it. I think they have a nice mix, too, so everyone can find something they like.
Not impressed. Espresso rubbed steak was bitter, and although ordered rare was overcooked; Caesar salad was tiny and had practically no dressing that would have earned that name, and the croutons from a bag were dry and tasteless as sawdust; seafood pasta that was described as having a garlic/anchovy sauce was so timid of flavor, I should have asked for double the sauce. Mind you, I’m no seasoning fanatic, but the food here seemed like Italian-lite. Ambiance and service was nice tho.
I requested a good table and specified on open table I was bringing an out of town friend. Recd a crappy table though booths were open, waiter was completely distracted. No pepper fresh grated or
Cheese fresh grated. Bitter olive oil and stale bread. My cocktail was lovely, my wine was good as was my risotto. A very noisy foursome was obnoxious and distracting. I lost my necklace and returned to pu which I appreciated but overall, to bring a guest....I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED since my last visit.
Cafe Troia has been a long-standing favorite, since we moved to the Baltimore area in the mid 1980's. Usually a solid choice for good Italian food. But this past Friday night was odd: no one picked up the phone at 7pm-ish (on a Friday night!) so I had to leave a voicemail that we would be 15 minutes late, then there was no one at the hostess stand for 5+ minutes when we arrive at 8pm, the waitress immediately wanted our appetizer order and had to be prompted about taking drink orders, bread did not come until the entrees, and then a birthday party at a nearby table was so loud we couldn't have a conversation. Thankfully the loud party left after a while and the rest of our dinner was ok. But it all felt a little off, for a place that for a long time was solid and reliable.
From the moment you walk through the door, you think you've been transported to Italy! The sights, sounds and smells are incredibly reminiscent of the wonderful food we found in northern Italy. My husband, son and I went on the weekend and had a wonderful meal. The service is impeccable but not pretentious. For me, having access to so many gluten free pasta options was just incredible! Again, reminding us of our favorite restaurants in Italy where they prepare a surprising amount of gluten free food. My husband had veal scallopine which he said was better than mine. Our son enjoyed clams and spaghetti and I had a pasta with crumbled sausage, fresh tomatoes and herbs and some broccoli rabe. It was excellent! The cocktails were among the best in the town and the wine selection is truly Italian. You don't want to miss such a wonderful meal. We will be back.
Café Troia offer authentic Italian food. They keep it simple with family type recipes. Just like going to my Italian in-laws, without the drama ;). The grilled calamari is so delicious with fresh herbs, tomatoes, olive oil and just enough lemon. The osso bucco; the veal chop; the eggplant parmegiano are all options that will make you happy. Reasonable prices, authentic taste, plenty of choices and a god wine list.
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