Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining
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.
It was my sons (39) birthday and he chose Massimo’s. To celebrate my wife and I invited our other son, wife and 4 year old to dine with us. Just an excuse to be with family.
Ok...to make a short story long...kidding...
I love veal parmigiana and my other son loves chicken parmigiana and happened to see that bot are only in the lunch menu, so called to see why.
I called the restaurant was told that, because each meal is prepared that day, they like “special” requests to be called in a day in advance.
Okay...new guy...are you serious? I go to XYZ and ZYX and I can always get both !!!
I said thank you, I’ll go to YXZ and get my parmesans...serious ??
A minute later, my Phone rings...gee...Massimo’s is calling. Serious...they could have just said “okay”, but loose 5 adults & a child $$ ?
Miraculously, guess what? The owner, chef can make the parmigiana dish for us.
Cancel the other reservations, because...my son (for his B’Day) requester this restaurant, and my wife told me to give it a try.
Here we are, all sitting at a table, enjoying family and awaiting (a never been there) dinner. Now, here we go..our server promptly introduces him self and dies all the typical “waiter” stuff ((Like XYZ restaurant) and tells us specials and (our Parmigiana) dishes.
We started with bread & butter, because my 4 year old grandchild likes it and wasn’t bashful.
Out comes the most delicious herbal butter (and plain) with warm (apparently) fresh lightly crunchy baked bread...gone in 45 seconds!!!
We were then told that LOBSTER bisque was the soup of the evening!?!? WHAT? Here’s a guy from Boston and...what is the soup?!
Now, the rest of the meal didn’t plateau, or get less delicious, but was a journey of pure pleasure.
Bottom line..this is the BEST Italian restaurant in the Tampa Bay Area, hands down and the gentleman that served us, is the most detail oriented person I have ever had the pleasure of being served!!!
I am ABSOLUTELY sold as was every one in our family!
Thoroughly enjoyed our meals and our waiter B.
Focused too much on presentation. Small portions and mediocre food. The server was top notch.
We had a wonderful experience. Michelle was our server and she was fantastic. The food was excellent and served with enough time between courses to enjoy it. There was no rushing us. It was a great anniversary dinner.
Excellent restaurant in all categories !!! It is my first choice for any special event in our family 😊
Perfection as always with Massimo and his lovely wife and our all-time favorite waiter Bertraund who always makes us feel welcome and special. Can't wait until our next visit! Scott and Dawn H.
Fabulous food, never a disappointment. wait staff is friendly and eager to please. Massimo is a wonderful Chef.
Very disappointed in food. Seafood risotto was poor. Lamb mediocre. Ceasar salad not special. Restaurant came highly recommended. Very expensive. Would not return nor recommend to friends.
Always a favorite! Michelle is the bomb! The food is amazing.
Service was excellent. My husband had penne ala vodka which is always excellent. I choose the salmon in a curry sauce. I must say I did not love the curry sauce other than that it was very good.
It is always a pleasure to dine at Massimo's and also to discuss the experience with Massimo himself. Bertrand, the waiter, was very courteous and knowledgeable about the contents of the dishes and the style of preparation, as he was about the wines.
Great food and service, a notch better than most restaurants in the area. One of my favorites.
Dinner with friends / great food / wonderful service
Massimo’s has been one of our favorite restaurants for years. The food was exceptional (as it always is) and our waitress—Michelle—was excellent. We had a fairly large group of seven and everyone loved their food and had a great time. We will be back again soon. This restaurant is a neighborhood gem!!
50th Wedding Anniversary and it was the best restaurant in Florida we have eaten in since moving here 7 years ago!!
Bertrand was an excellent waiter and both of our “Special” dinners were delicious—Osso Buco and Risotto with Diver Scallops, Big Shrimp and 1/2 Lobster. We enjoyed our bottle of wine and tuna appetizer too. An excellent evening out. Massimo stopped by the table to say hello.
Great restaurant which never disappoints. The chef is there always and does most the cooking. He comes around to the tables too. His risotto is fabulous.
Massimo's was recommended to us from a good friend...we have not been disappointed! Michelle, our server, is friendly, efficient, and pleasant. The food is SO good. We just went there for my birthday and everyone loved this place! Highly recommend all around!
Great meal & superb service!
Food and service were both excellent. Bit pricey.
Awesome awesome food and great people
Amazing flavors and friendly service
Always has been a favorite place.... Bertrand provides the best service.... The food is wonderful.
Always a great meal. Our favorite Palm Harbor restaurant.
Never disappoints. I had the lamb and it was beautiful cooked. My husband had the steak special and it just melted in your mouth. Lovely small restaurant, great ambiance.
We had heard good things about this restaurant. The restaurant was nice, but the food was below what we expected. I would rate the food average.
This was our first visit and we will definitely return. Enjoyed the experience so much that we purchased a gift certificate for friends.
The food was excellent as usual, service was outstanding and the atmosphere is very cozy.
Everytime we go there we always enjoy chatting with Massimo and Donna...wonderful hosts...
Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. Michelle was a fantastic server who was a total professional. The chef/owner makes sure he visits every table and chats with the diners. Love the quiet ambiance and fabulous menu.
The food is outstanding, nice place for date, celebrating anniversary or dinner with friends. Keep in mind that this is a not cheap place, be ready for prices:)
I wish we had a better waitress service next time, it's looks like she was in hurry and rush us out.
What I do not like about this place, that with coming check tips (20 %) was already added to the amount.
Wonderful dining experience from start to finish. Everything we tasted was delicious.
Lovely meal once again at Massimo's. Service is impeccable and the food varied and delicious. We will definitely return. Not to mention a wonderful extensive wine list with knowledgable guidance offered as well.
Absolutely the best chef and restaurant in the Palm Harbor/Safety Harbor area.
I made this reservation for 7:30 originally, when I arrived at 7:30 frantic server came over and told me that my reservation had been changed to 8:15 and that I've been called and left a message. That was not true nobody called and left me a message. The worst part about it was I was bringing my father for a special occasion and so he was really upset that they wouldn't let us have a table. I would understand the restaurant was full but there was clearly open tables, so in the end I didn't come back for my reservation that they changed for me at 8:15 and will not be going back.
Fantastic as always
This is one of the very few authentic Italian restaurants you can find in the Tampa Bay area. I have been dozens of times over many years and it always delivers on all levels!
Excellent food. Gracious service.
Excellent food and service with a good selection of high quality wines. The restaurant is attractive and comfortable inside once you get passed the idea it is situated in a shop type building. From the outside it is most off putting with black windows which do nothing to enhance its appearance. Don't be put off the quality and interesting selection of food choices is worth going for.
Lovely evening and great food. Service was very attentive and friendly.