Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining
Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining

Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.massimosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7277841881
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Massimo Patano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room available for meetings/banquets up 32 people.

    Main dining room available for larger parties, up to 60 people.

    Customized menu and on-premise audio/visual equipment rental available.
  • Private Party Contact: Massimo 7277841881
  • Entertainment: Music available on certain holidays/private functions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Tampa & Curlew Rds.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining
Join Chef Massimo for an artful blend of Italian and Mediterranean cuisines paired with an award winning wine list and full bar.
Appetizers range from Hudson Valley Grade-A Foie Gras, Pistachio coated Pan Seared Duck and Brie to Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and rice flour battered calamari. A rich, creamy lobster bisque is a favorite among customers.
Other specialties include Veal Cognac in a creamy truffle sauce, veal chop, sweetbreads, risotto and Chilean Sea Bass.
Last, but not least, are the homemade delectable desserts.
Complementing his efforts in the kitchen is the gracious, knowledgeable and efficient staff.
Tables at the casually elegant restaurant are dressed with crisp table linens, and candles. Cascading fountains decorate the walls.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (20)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (16)neighborhood gem (14)romantic (13)good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Fine Dining
    Bobbiluvsmass
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent food and ambiance. Always have a great meal here.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JC123
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was excellent and the specials were all very special; great choices. Waiter, Bertram, was extremely knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bardahl
    Bardhal
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    it's hidden at the back of a shopping center , which makes it much quieter at night , good food , good presentation , excellent service ....nice wine list ... chef checks on your satisfaction at the table after dining , nice touch ...a place to return to
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok; service outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was mediocre. Had the bruschetta, and the bread appeared to be purchased off the shelf of the local grocery store. Calamari was decent. Lasagna was good, but too salty. Had the veal osso buco special, which was lacking salt. So, all in a mixed food experience. Wine list was extensive. Service from our waiter was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leo Romao at Massimos
    LGRReviews
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I had a very pleasant evening at Massimos. The ambiance is very romantic and the food was off the chart. I had delicious duck! The service was great and our waiter was very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    ContractorVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I enjoyed your food, it was terrific. Our French waiter was excellent, the wine list and selection was also
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very pleased
    martieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Once again I went to Massimo's for lunch and was extremely pleased. The lunch menu has a variety of selections. The server is attentive. When I asked for a salad with the main course, she volunteered that the salads on the menu were main courses themselves and she offered to have a smaller size made for me. It was delicious and the main course tasted fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service & delicious food
    RNShanks
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great "gem" located in a strip mall. Restaurant is small but has an extensive wine list. Six of us had dinner here last weekend and each one of us were pleased with our selection. Husband says it was the best Veal Parmesan he has ever tasted and my diver scallops were cooked perfectly. Service was fantastic and Massimo visited the table to personally to make sure that we were pleased. Can't ask for more. A must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    Gr8nite
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My wife and I had heard great things and had wanted to go a period of time. We went for her birthday and had a wonderful evening. Service was great and the food was delicious. The chef/owner came out and talked to us which really impressed us. Have told many of our friends about our experience b
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 25 Times
    JoeMVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been to Massimo's at least 25 times and am am ready to declare: The BEST restaurant in all Tampa! Consistent, imaginative, delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strip Mall Italian Gem
    RussVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Loved our lunch experience as Massimo's! The owner and chef (Massimo) greeted us, took our orders and was a gracious host. All 5 of us enjoyed our lunch entrees. The wine list provided a great many reasonably-priced options. After lunch, Massimo spent some time with us at the table, during which we learned about his life journey from Italy to the U.S. This was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • definitely worthwhile
    martieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was eclectic and the experience was fine dining. I enjoyed the mixture of ingredients, spices and tastes. I was impressed that the owner/chef came by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinning
    EdFood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Just a wonderful dinning experience. Our second time here and we have loved it both times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JamesVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went to dinner, and surprised to find such an elegant restaurant! Food is definitely way above the usual and the sercvice is polite and caring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top 10 restaurants
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I consider Massimo's one of the top 10 restaurants discovered during mu international travels. Great food, service and wine list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Massimo was not at his best
    lfs34
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    On previous trips we have had great experiences so we invited friends. Service was attentive. However, we received 2 pieces of bread with no offer of a refill. My husband and the other couple had a wonderful pinot noir. Two of us ordered the pork chops but they were unavailable. My friend ordered the veal, her husband the veal parm and said they were good. My husband and I ordered the chicken saltimbocca. The prosciutto was dry and curled up. Mine was so salty I could not eat it, gave it to my husband who agreed mine was salty but his was not. The chicken was unseasoned (it lacked prosciutto) was colorless and tasted steamed. Massimo, at the bar with friends, did not come over as usual. It will be a while before we return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best around
    Charlie
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    One of my favorites. We've patronized Massimo's since they opened this restaurant 10 years ago and he never, never fails to delight. Creative menu superbly prepared and presented, staff is top-notch, extensive wine list has a wide range of varieties and price points, and then you have Massimo and his wife, Donna - he's a great chef and both are charming hosts. Get on their mailing list because they do wine dinners and special events throughout the year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 101 reviews are from the Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining reviews archive.
  • First Class Dining
    DrJ1097
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Massimo's is one of the few fine dining restaurants available in the Palm Harbor area. The quality of the food, the outstanding sauces, the impeccable service all add up to a most enjoyable experience. My personal favorite is the veal scallopine. The sauce is out of this world! And the accompaniment of tiny baby vegetables are a delightful treat. The quietly attentive staff lend an air of assurance that your gastric experience will be nothing short of wonderful. This is our favorite dining spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto
    Christmas
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Massimo's for Mother's Day. This was not our first time. Everything single dish was prepared to perfection. Four different meals and all wonderful. Desserts was incredible. You can tell the each plate was carefully prepared to taste great and it also was plated perfectly. It was food prepared with love. Massimo comes to visit each table, he is very caring. It was like he was our best friend. Our server Ashley was attentive, and very sweet.I would recommend Massimo's to everyone. I can't wait to go back, I will not wait long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Impressive
    tvbill
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Massimo's is a rare find. One would expect to travel to Paris for such a find.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful surprise!
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Great French/Italian food. Nice wine list. The staff is friendly and very committed to the satisfaction of their customers. The Duck a la Orange was superb.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prom Date and Mario
    PromMemories
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I read the reviews about the food and excellent service at Massimo's. My son wanted to take his prom date somewhere special in the Palm Harbor area, and Massimo's jumped out at me based on all the reviews. Since he is accustomed to good restaurants we take the family to he trusted others'dining experience and requested Mario for dinner service. WOW! The kids raved about the Chicken Saltimbucca and Lobster Ravioli. Also, they said the Tiramisu was awesome. Finally, they did say that Mario was very attentive and made the night even more special with his kindness. Now I have to makes sure to take the wife there next weekend to try Massimo's for ourselves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lovely restaurant
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We enjoyed a very nice meal at Massimos. This is a great place to celebrate a special day or a romantic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    fantasticVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We come to Florida once a year for Phillies' Spring Training. We have eaten at Massimo"s every year. The food is fantastic, the service top notch. We look forward to coming back again next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal and service
    AandE
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    One of our favorites! A thank you for a special soufflé for my birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I can't wait to return!
    fondfoodie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A friend & I happened upon Massimos when another restaurant had a 90 minutes wait. We decided to see who had a reservation available on Open Table within 30 min. We were thrilled that we found it as soon as we walked in! We were greeted by Chef Massimo's lovely wife and she sat us at the perfect table. Our server was Mario and he was awesome! He was knowledgeable and friendly. We had the most delicious meal and wine that we had to try dessert! Everything was decadent! After our meal was finished, Chef Massimo came to our table, what a great pleasure & joy to be able to tell this Chef how happy we were! We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were early. No problem.
    AndyNPRVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We were early. No problem. We were seated right away and promptly had our drink order taken. Food order came next -- every efficient. The Foie Gras was nicely prepared. The mushroom strudel was also tasty. We ordered the Duck and the Filet. both were nicely seasoned and cooked properly. We can find nothing to complain about! The service was also very attentive We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Danielle
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I can't say enough about this restaurant. It never disappoints. The specials are unique. The menu has something for everyone. The deserts are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience and great food!
    Kevin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    What a wonderful place! Great ambiance and food. Awesome service as well! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Dinner
    michelle
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Delicious food and Mario our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Massimos is truly one of the best restaurants in the local area for foodies, special nights out or just a fabulous evening. We were surprised by a limited Valentines evening menu, but not at all disappointed. The choices were varied and creative and the ones we opted for, totally awesome in presentation and flavor. The Osso Buco was amazing, the charcuterrie traditional, with Prosciutto Parma, salame and capocollo, a variety of cheeses and a dab of pate'. Crab chowder was a delicious second, creamy and chunky. Dessert was a variation of a tiramisu made with cherry Grande Marnier, in lieu of the coffee flavor, and it was to die for. A wonderful Valentines evening dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Overlook Massimo's
    Charlie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Has been one of our favorites since Massimo opened his restaurant. Every dining experience has been a delight. The staff has been with him a long time and they know their stuff. Massimo's menu is eclectic and modern, with a continental flair. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Massimos valentines
    Beth
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service could have been more attentive.We were stuck in a corner with no ambiance yet had made our reservations a month ago. All in all a good food experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little hideaway
    gremlinman
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This place sits in the shadow of an Outback Steakhouse in Palm Harbor, FL. We have eaten there a few times on special occasions. Great menu selections for all tastes. I had duck and my wife the wagyu steak special. Both meals were very well prepared and the service was outstanding. It is not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    EdFood
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    What a fantastic dinning experience. This restaurant is a bit of a combination of great Italian and great French dishes. My wife and I just loved the food and the service. Our only regret is that we did not find this sooner. This is one of the few places that I cannot wait to get back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like I was back in Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Massimo's is a great restaurant where you have superb food in a small intimate setting. It reminds me of the places in Italy-small, family-owned, not commercial and stuffy. The wine list is great though expensive especially with regards to American wines so consider bringing a bottle and paying a corking fee or spending $100 for a bottle of wine. Wines by the glass disappointing though food was fantastic-Chilean sea bass was delicious as were the veal dishes, appetizers and the desserts we had-no one from our party was disappointed and we'll definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would come again
    redgate
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food was very good except for dessert. We ordered creme brulee and it was burnt black on top. When we complained the waitress said that is the way it was supposed to be. Otherwise the food was very tasty and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Chef!
    LDJ999
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    This is a crown jewel eatery. Service is amazing! Food is Amazing. Great bar and the best wine list in Tampabay. Treat yourself, everyone I have ever mentioned it to agrees ,outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine dinner
    packerfan
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Great food, terrific wines. Outstanding service..... as usual. Another fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Massimo's never disappoints
    Charlie
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    As the name states, it is an eclectic take on continental cuisine - always creative and well-conceived - and extremely well-executed. Massimo runs a fine kitchen - and don't miss the opportunity to speak with him when he comes out to the dining room - a very personable guy that you will enjoy meeting. The staff has been with him a long time and they are all polished, attentive professionals. We always leave saying, "we need to come back soon." Massimo has special-menu dinners for holidays and also paired with a wine theme or particular vintner - they are delightful affairs - Massimo gets to show off his talents - you meet new people at the banquet-style seating - the wine is always good - and they are a bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.