Cafe Troia in Towson- Fantastic!
Went there on 6/7 for dinner. Had reservation and were seated immediately. Astoundingly, there was a jazz combo performing on the sidewalk out front in the 95+ degree heat. (They sounded great but there was no one there to hear them)
The waiter provided on-the-spot service, even recommending two different wines when the first we chose was not available. We had the delicious and expertly prepared beef carpaccio as an appetizer (from the specials list) followed by egg-less ceasar salad (without anchovy). I had the orchette pasta with sausage (an incredible feast at only $15) and husband had beef filet with gnocchi which he loved.
I can't say enough good things about this place. Competent service, always well-prepared food presented beautifully in a lovely dining area. They've been opened for years now (started in 1989 I think?) and with good reason. If you are looking for an above-average meal experience in Towson, this is the place to go.
We may go back for the jazz combo if the weather breaks. Quite something for Towson, I think...
Parking meters are in effect until 6pm- FYI. They do offer valet, which I've never used.
maddogg--TOTALLY AGREE! Cafe Troia is a little gem. Haven't been in a while as I had been living out of Maryland. Am planning to dine there within the next week or so. It is a charmingly pretty restaurant with exceptional service and food. Not the standard red sauce Italian fare. Glad to hear that you had a wonderful dining experience which you have passed on for others to be aware of. Have you tried Vin which is located in the heart of Towson? My hubby and I have had many nice meals there. Albeit, it's a totally different atmosphere and experience compared to Cafe Troia. FoiGras
Troia's Lemon Napoleon dessert is heavenly - layers of phyllo dough and lemon curd, topped with whipped cream. So simple, so wonderful.
4 of us had dinner there last Saturday evening. Food was terrific as was the service. Had a chance to speak with Carol and her daughter, both quite charming, who told us that they were in the process of moving the restaurant across the street from 28 W. Allegheny to 31, a building which they bought and are remodeling. We had the Caesar and house salads, both of which were very good. I had Fettuccine alla Bolognese which I thought was terrific although somewhat thicker than I had previously experienced at other restaurants. My wife had Spaghetti alla Puttanesca (w/o anchovies) and went away happy as did the other two people who had Spaghetti alla Puttanesca and Linguine con Calamari Vesuvio.