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Taste Mediterranean Grille opens in Towson
Taste Mediterranean Grille opens in Towson

The old Cafe Troia space in Towson is now a new Italian restaurant named Taste Mediterranean Grille. The chef here, Luigi Palumbo, recently moved to the area with his family from his hometown in Bacoli, Naples, where he ran a restaurant named Ristorante a Ridosso; Taste is his first venture in the United States. Most of what I know about the chef and the new restaurant comes from Rafael Coppola, a longtime fixture on the Baltimore dining scene who was brought in by the restaurant's ownership group to help Palumbo translate the Neapolitan dining experience for the American suburbs. Coppola, a charmer, says that Taste, in just a few short weeks, has already built up a base of...