Teresa’s Cafe Review



Catherine Hamilton


Located in Wayne, Teresa’s Café and Next Door restaurant sits on the same street as the Wayne Train Station (Paoli-Thorndale Line). Teresa’s Café, the Italian side, specializes in pizzas, pastas and other unique Italian dishes as well as an extensive list of wine. On the other hand, Teresa’s Next Door offers interesting selections of Belgium cuisine with a beer and whiskey menu from around the world. 

Both sides have exceptionally tasty food. However, I am more familiar with the Italian side, since I overall consider pasta and pizza as my favorite foods. 

Despite ordering an appetizer, the Burrata Bomb, a big fried ball of burrata mozzarella with the restaurant’s marinara sauce on top) an entrée Linguini and Clams and desert, tiramisu, I surprisingly didn’t leave the table too stuffed. 

Overall, I had very few complaints during my visit there. I have been to Teresa’s multiple times but this time I ordered the Burrata Bomb (basically an upgraded giant mozzarella stick) and experienced an unpleasant surprise of a frozen-solid middle.

Now, I have ordered this particular appetizer multiple times and it usually proves an excellent selection with gooey and melted cheese oozing out. 

But as an avid lover of cheese, getting a mouthful of frozen cheese, especially when the cheese in question should be hot and melted, was a nightmare. Despite this minor setback, I would still consider myself a fan of Teresa’s. 

Every table gets a plate of fresh Italian bread with a pleasant spiced olive oil to use for dipping. In addition, a table can always ask for more bread to enjoy with the sauces that might come with some meals. 

I usually request more bread, since the linguini and clams comes in a white wine and garlic sauce and marinara sauce sits on top of Burrata Bomb. 

The café side also offers various pizzas with everything from classic Margherita, to Funghi (goat cheese, local mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and chives) and Ortolana (extra virgin olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, eggplant, zucchini, spinach, roasted tomatoes). 

They also offer a plethora of other pastas, such as roasted spaghetti squash, Fettuccine Bolognese and Pecorino, descriptions of which are all available on their website. Sandwiches, salads and other creative selections of meat and fish are also available. 

Despite the overall good quality of the food, Teresa’s Café does have some downsides. It has minimal decorations. In fact, the walls are so bare that I initially thought the management decided to have the interior redesigned. Some people think that the different colored lights are an alternate type of ambiance or decoration. 

Furthermore, for a restaurant that specializes in different types of alcohol, it serves small portions. The beer glasses seem less than the average size, and sometimes I think they forgot to pour the second half of the glass of wine. 

If you are looking to drink more than one beverage with your meal, Teresa’s might not be your go-to place. 

Finally, the restaurant provides the diners with a relaxed and quite environment. Teresa’s Café serves as a prime place to go and take someone if you are looking to make good or serious conversation. 

On the other hand, if you prefer a place with cute or fascinating decorations with music, chatter and laugher, Teresa’s Café might not be the place for you. Some might prefer Teresa’s Next Door, which emits completely different vibes than the café.