Max a Mia
Max a Mia

Max a Mia

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://maxamiaristorante.com/
  • Phone: 8606776299
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday Brunch 11:00AM - 3:00PM Sunday Dinner: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: David Stickney
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can accommodate large party and take out.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Max a Mia
In 1991, Richard Rosenthal along with partner Brad Karsky opened Max a Mia in Avon, CT. Their vision was a restaurant that would allow diners to enjoy a "casual Italian bistro." That vision was an instant success. In the first year of operation, Max a Mia won "Best New Restaurant" from Connecticut Magazine. It also earned recognition for "top grossing restaurant in it's size" from Restaurant Hospitality. The brick oven, which is visible from the dining room, serves up stone pies "with a thin, wood-smoky-flavor crust and an array of toppings." While all the pasta dishes are outstanding, the daily risotto specials have been described as "luscious." Equally important, desserts such as traditional tiramisu or the unique white chocolate polenta cake complete the meal. Like it's sister restaurants, Max a Mia is focused on providing each guest with a truly enjoyable dining experience.
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Max a Mia reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (52)great for outdoor dining (45)great for lunch (37)special occasion (36)good for groups (32)hot spot (31)romantic (19)vibrant bar scene (18)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (11)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Best Special Ever!
    cvwfitzVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I frequently dine at Max a Mia, but my lunch special - rigatoni with spinach, sausage and herbs was one of the best dishes I've had there in the last 20 years!
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  • Dependable
    eosccVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Maxamia is always dependable for good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oops ... not a great night
    caelplVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I'll start with dessert first, because Max-A-Mia always knocks it out of the park with their Bocce Ball and Tiramisu (10 out of 10). But, the Port t-bone special was overcooked/dry (was told it was cacciatore style, but it looked like cassoulet since it was made with beans). The salmon entree was good, but the side of quinoa/brussels sprouts side was over-seasoned/salty (and all I noticed were a few brussels sprouts leaves, no actual pieces of the vegetable). :-(
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Miss the way it used to be...
    MAMTNGIRL
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We've been to Max a Mia twice in the last few months...seems different than it used to be in past years. I used to consider it a fine dining experience with a visible manager...now it is LOUD, very casual and impersonal. We had good pizza and decent salads on our way home from the airport but the service is merely adequate and now I feel like that is all it is...an okay place to stop for dinner on the way home from the airport...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh, tasty italian
    simmsy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Always a good, solid meal. Fresh ingredients, unique dishes. On the pricey side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After 20 years still our favorite
    tsls
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I have never been to any other Restaurant that has the consistent high quality food and service as Max-a-Mia. I had Tuna that was perfectly cooked medium rare and well worth the cost of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Max a Mia
    Patted
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very good and reliable food. Also has a great gluten free menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • music
    Robby
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The music was too loud and hard rock ish.. Poor choice and distracting to speak over especially when enjoying a evening Italian dinner with wine and friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    MamaOf2
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is my husband and I's go to place with or without our little kids. Very kid friendly and yet also great for date night which is not very common in a nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always An "A"
    Perl
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Despite having been here a dozen times, I am always impressed by everything about Max-a-Mia. The food, the energy and especially the service continues to be better and better each time I go. I am already looking forward to gout again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Gotta Wait
    WaitingGuy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We showed up about 10 mins early for our 7:00 pm reservation, in the main dining room there were 2 four tops, one table for two, and a table for two that was a divided booth. We were told we would have to wait till 7:00 before we would be seated, I was told that they were holding tables for earlier reservations that MAY show up! I am told I will have too wait in the entry area (as there was no room at the bar) until they are sure that the people who did not honor their reservations are not coming. I think the Hostess needs training. We were there for Taste of the Suburbs and were looking forward to the blueberry pie, one of only 2 desserts they were offering, but were told they were out. Lastly the wine list is limited and overpriced.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great and festive gathering place
    Mellie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We are a group of friends who enjoy dining out together as well as cooking great meals for each other. Our recent evening at Maxamia was really comfortable and the service was warm and savvy and hospitable. The food was memorable. The sirloin was tender and delicious and the sea scallops were fresh and excellent. The pie tasted a little commercial but was okay. All in all, we had a fabulous evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chris
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was very good, prices reasonable and the service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Taste" menus ... just so-so
    caelplVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Unfortunately, both meals we had from 2 different "Taste" menus were just so-so. While the appetizers were good, our entree choices were very disappointing (the sirloin was chewy; the scallops a bit bland). Dessert-wise, the blueberry pie looked/tasted store-bought, and the peach tiramisu served in a martini glass was just awful (a overly sweet peach concoction, under soupy cream, with 2 lady finger cookies poking out of the top). Mama mia ...
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  • A good neighborhood restaurant
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We go to Max a Mia at least once a week. The food is the type that appeals to many people. However, there's nothing as forward thinking or exciting as it was when it first opened. Will continue to go but would love to see some sparkling new dishes come out of the kitchen in the future.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Taste of the Suburbs
    Alan
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious! Food was prepared well, used interesting ingredients, and presented beautifully on the plate. Good portion sizes and quality of food was perfect. Perfect spot for dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    lmr910
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food and service are perfect here every time as with all of the Max restaurants. Love the ambiance at Max a Mia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    SusieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was great here. Very impressed with quality. Definitely would come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Taste of Suburbs Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A wonderful experience with the Taste of the Suburbs. The price fixed menu was outstanding, squash blossoms, scallops, and blue berry desert. Always outstanding service and wonderful wine list. Our go to place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CantonboyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went for the Lobster Specials and they were great! My wife who orders Lobster Bisque all the time said it was the best she ever had. My Lobster over Basil-Lime Fettucini was fantastic. None of this surprises me. Max is my favorite local restaurant and I always have a great meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    RocketVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We've lived and dined in Avon for 15 years - and have often gone to Max a Mia, usually quite pleased. Sometimes there have been a few glitches, but w a new chef and manager (Dante), we were blown away with the service, the food, and attention to detail. All that, turned a mid-week family bite, to a memorable and especially delicious meal! - thank you Dante - for going over and above!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good after all these years
    Marley
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were frequent patrons of Max a Mia when we lived in Connecticut 22 years ago and while visiting friends decided to stop in. The restaurant has expanded considerably since we were last there and now includes outdoor dining. The service and manager were attentive and the food was as good as we remembered. The wait for our food was much longer than anticipated (20 minutes for a salad, 60 minutes for an entrée) but we assume it was just an off night. Definitely worth going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Max A Mia
    RenyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Max Group have the magic touch. Every Restaurant that has "Max" as a start in the Hartford area is very good and you can not go wrong at any one of them! Max A Mia is no exception. The food is very tasty, the service is very good, the ambience is very good. This is a casual dining experience.... not as in "fast food" casual; more in line with "business casual". All of their different types of dishes are very good in their category. I have a "fish" preference and their fish entrees are very good... any of them. My husband is a "pasta guy" and he really likes their pasta dishes. The Stone Pies are really good if you are a "pizza" type.... So, if you haven't been there, give them a try!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Entertaining clients at Max's
    Brooksie24VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Max a Mia is our go-to place for out of town business clients and guests. We can count on prompt, friendly service and sumptuous clean-your-plate entreés. Our guests are always impressed. Thank you for another job well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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  • Pretty good
    Vodo
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was good, good service -- would have rated it higher --if it weren't for the bugs on our food and constantly swatting flies and Mosquitos.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • family dinner
    cssamuel
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Wonderful food, attentive server, lovely covered patio. Great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodie2
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner.. As well as great service Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Very amenable
    PDXlover
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went with specific dietary needs (vegan, gluten and soy-free) and they not only could answer questions clearly but made apropriate modifications. Only challenge is that it is often very loud in the dining area
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CantonboyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We're here all the time and Max's never fails. this time was for a quick and light dinner. After drinks I ordered the mussels and they were great. In a flavorful tomato broth with grilled bread it was the best. My wife had clam/corn chowder and a Caesar salad which she really enjoyed. We both shared a pizza and our dinner was complete. We will continue to return on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Gem in Avon
    Wilbur
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Visiting family in Avon, went to restaurant because of gluten-free menu (we have multiple food allergies). Restaurant not only accommodated easily, but with outstanding food and attentive service. They even had gluten-free breadsticks! Seafood was fresh and well-prepared; gluten-free pasta was cooked perfectly. Kids and adults were very pleased and satisfied with the meal and the experience. Will definitely return when next visiting the area!
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  • Can always count on excellence!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I am never disappointed ..anytime I visit . I have moved to another state and when I return, Max A Mia is on my "must visit" list!
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • yum68
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Max a Mia never disappoints. Awesome, fresh food -- always top notch. Service was great.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service! No Rush!
    ceej
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I love a restaurant that allows you to enjoy your company and meal. We weren't rushed but we're well attended to. It's a delicate balance, but our server nailed. Definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always consistant
    Akitaed
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    been going to Maxima for years and have never been disappointed. Our dinner was perfect from the appetizer to the espresso.Still serving the best vodka martini in the state. Appetizer was great, the hanger steak perfectly rare. Service, as always was spot on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Remains a favorite, time and again
    Brooksie24VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    When we dined this past Saturday evening, we were happy to hear that yellow fin tuna was a daily special. If you love fresh tuna, you know the importance of "FRESH." Max a Mia never fails to impress with their tuna. Saturday's special was served with a seasoned angel hair pasta on top of a bed of arugula. DELICIOUS! From the pre-dinner sparking Rosé, through entreé and dessert - the meal was thoroughly memorable and most satisfying!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Excellent Service
    foodlover
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The staff is very professional and friendly. Outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Max at Max a Mia
    RenyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had not been at Max a Mia for a long time. It was WONDERFUL! The food was VERY Tasty, the service was very friendly, the atmosphere was very comfortable. All in all, it was a great experience. My scallops were FABULOUS, my husband's pasta was wonderful. We will return there soon. I loved their signature roasted garlic for the bread, it was very yummy and so sweet, The food preparation and choices were up to date and the red quinoa was prepared deliciously. I am always happy to have gluten free choices and Max a Mia has them! If you haven't been to Max a Mia yet OR in a long time, I urge you to go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Too noisy
    korinef
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Max a Mia is very noisy. We sat opposite each other at a very small table, but we had to shout to be heard. The service was less than we have come to expect at a Max restaurant. Before we finished our salads, the main courses were brought to us. We got an apology from the server, but we still had all these big plates on our small table.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lobster specials!
    SimsburyMichele
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were prompted to go by an email blast about lobster specials, and our group was not disappointed. Our group ordered the surf & turf, chicken park, and lobster fra diavolo and everyone was very satisfied. The lobster specials were prix fixe, accompanied by an app or salad and dessert. Everything was delicious! We sat in the bar area (and were able to catch the end of a World Cup game). Nice ambience, not too loud. Service was good - attentive, but not overly so. Pleased with the wine/beer/cocktail selection. A great Saturday evening out with friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful from start to finish
    Cindy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My husband and I had a rare kidless night and went on July 4th for dinner. From the hostess to the chef, it was a delightful experience. It was obvious the restaurant was not expecting the rush because the surf and turf special was sold out right after we arrived, but at not time did any of the staff look stressed or overwhelmed. They handled every guest politely & as if they were the only ones in the restaurant. The kitchen is out in the open, yet you never heard anythign but professional conversations and the chef on the dessert and salad station (the one we were closest to) had his section mastered and treated all the wait staff so professional and efficietn it was a pleasure to watch. The food was lovely and dessert was heaven!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.