Cafe TroiaCafe Troia, 28 W. Allegheny Ave., Towson, (410...

DINING OUT THE CRITIC'S REPORT

April 17, 1993|By ELIZABETH LARGE | ELIZABETH LARGE,Restaurant Critic

Cafe Troia

Cafe Troia, 28 W. Allegheny Ave., Towson, (410) 337-0133. Late this fall Cafe Troia became a full-fledged restaurant, taking over the space next door, more than doubling the number of tables and adding a wine bar. The food, for the most part, is up to the stylish new setting; but our evening wasn't an unqualified success. The staff is still in its small, quirky bistro mode -- in spite of the fact that, with a bottle of wine, dinner for two could very well cost $100. If problems with the service get ironed out, though, this will be a restaurant to be reckoned with. The kitchen is turning out excellent versions of bresaola and cassoulet, seafood casseroles, chicken with chestnuts and other seasonal specialties. $$$ -- expensive. (Last reviewed 3/14.)

Greenhouse Cafe

Greenhouse Cafe, The Gallery, Pratt and Calvert streets, (410) 727-6355. The Greenhouse Cafe is arranged around the escalators at the Gallery with a salad area, a pasta area, a small sandwich area stuck in between, and a bakery where you can get pastries, cappuccino and the like. It's a cafeteria-style arrangement -- you stand in line for the huge salads that are meals in themselves with the focaccia that comes with them. In another line you can get one of five different pastas, tossed with the sauce while you watch. The quality is high and the price is right. Sandwiches are good, too. Finish up with a cookie the size of a dinner plate from the bakery case! $ -- inexpensive. (Last reviewed 9/92.)

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