Max a Mia

4.5
1256 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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LR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious meal with great service! Lovely experience!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been my favorite restaurant for over 15 years now and they continue to impress and satisfy every single time. Their menu changes seasonally and they support local farmers and various other food suppliers so that is appreciated in all aspects of the dining experience.

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H
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is the first time in awhile that I had lunch here. The lunch menu is not as robust as the dinner. My meal was not spectacular. Actually, I feel when someone raves about a great salad for a meal, that is a slight fail for a culinary destination. It won’t stop me from eating here, but I think that is why the place isn’t filled at lunch. Make the menu more exciting and more like dinner.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Italian with innovation....great flatbreads, pastas, and other entrees. Wine choices are also very good. Service is nice, and its a Max Restaurant Group establishment. Always good places when its a Max Restaurant!

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I
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, clean restaurant and service was very good. Entree's took a little longer, but appreciated the fact that they were prepared well and food was fresh. Salads were crisp, cold and delicious!

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PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad bite at my favorite local restaurant.
Fresh, well-prepped food, interesting menu, innovative bar concoctions, all overseen by the consummate professionalism of Brad Karsky adds up to damn near perfection.
Just look around -- all you see are folks enjoying themselves, with plenty of good, comestible reasons.

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TK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic as usual. Service was great from Justin was very attentive and amount of time he came around was perfect. Meals for the family was great. Had the chicken parmigiana and was cooked perfectly along with a small side of spaghetti (could use little more though). Overall great experience again.

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IB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bread, garlic and tomato sauce and olives for the table were delightful. The chopped salad was good although it could have used less dressing. The eggplant lasagna was very good as was the shrimp and linguini.

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MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at the restaurant to celebrate our friend's retirement. Dinner was delicious, service was great, and the atmosphere was perfect for four ladies to sit around and chat.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday party

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max a Mia is a favorite of ours. Always great food & service!

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AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there NY eve. Service was prompt and terrific. The food was outstanding - the short rib ravioli is amazing!

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s an always great restaurant. They are not the best at honoring reservations on time but beyond that....thumbs up

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been here before but I took my cousin for her 17th birthday and everything was perfect. I made a reservation online and they went above and beyond to make her birthday special without the horrid birthday restaurant singing. The service was great all the food we received was perfect. Freshly cooked ingredients. Making reservations was well worth it. Bread, appetizers, the dinner, and dessert we're all incredible. Our waitress was personable and she was there just enough, but not too much that you got sick of her lol. I will most certainly be going back!!!

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SN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed my meal but did not get any points for this reservation?

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RS
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service - a great food - one of our favorite places to celebrate the reunion of our family

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J
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent server and delicious dinners. Thank you.

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A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food came out late even though restaurant wasn’t that busy. It appeared it had been sitting there for some time waffle was hard. Also wait staff shouldn’t be handling the bread that they serve with their hands. They clear tables and touch dishes customers have eaten off of them grab the focaccia bread with their hands to cut up and serve.

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KT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Peach bellini, pork chop and eggplant pizza were all very good. Outstanding service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great experience. From food to service.

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DT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as usual service was attentive can't find anything to complain about.

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J
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food and service. We lived our server.

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u
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

all good. very reasonable quality food. typical poorly trained hostess. arrived early for reservation. plenty of open tables. was told we needed to wait at bar. waited 35mins and none of the open tables when we arrived had been filled up until we sat down. i hate this unskilled approach to hostess game.

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DE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Max A Mia is a standby for us - always reliable, great service and locally sourced ingredients. They change the menu so that it's never boring.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great chicken Parmesan, but the coconut cake was out of this world! A little noisy, but is was a Friday night.

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J
New England
37 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Last minute pick after a busy day mid-week. Wife had the pork chop and said it was excellent. I had the Gamberi, and it was tasteless, and for the price, it only had 4 shrimp in with the pasta. Not a future choice of mine. I would have said something but we were tired, and getting late, and we are not ones to send back meals. Service was excellent.

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CM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sauce! Love the chicken parm and eggplant lasagna! Great wait staff!

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SD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, especially the mile-high cocoanut cake! The waitress offered my companion two tastes of a Chardonnay so she could decide which one to order. A wonderful evening all around.

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BF
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and reasonably attentive service for a busy Friday evening.

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c
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max a Mia is our favorite restaurant. The food is delicious and the ambiance is friendly.

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j
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from cocktails and wine to the fall pear salad and short rib ravioli were outstanding. And the staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive, as always.

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B
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant..

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, so was the service. Sat by the kitchen which could be a bit noisy at times since the kitchen is out in the open. Overall great experience. Mussels, chicken Parmesan and pasta was delicious. Very open to gluten free options.

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MN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Minestrone isn’t worth getting again. Short rib ravioli was great. Service was very slow. Bread wasn’t baked consistently (some was airy and crisp, some moist).

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BD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We went here to celebrate my birthday. The calamari was tastey. The main dishes were bland and expensive. We had two different pasta meals and they lacked flavor. The shrimp were also over cooked. They gave me a few piece of coconut cake to make up for it, which was good, but I wouldn’t go there for a main course. Sadly disappointed.

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J
New England
37 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal. Packed house. Great service. Never disappointed.

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d
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food. Was at vfc capacity yet we got seated on time. Took a hour though for a pizza to come out. Can't be in a hurry here.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Bartender did not do well with basic mixed drinks.

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I am a Max Vantage member since 2011. Split a salad with my wife and lettuce was old and wilted. My wife ordered salmon medium rare and it came out medium well and dry. I ordered the pasta special and it was fair. This is the 2nd time we have eaten there in a month and both times have been disappointed. Will not return.

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s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great meal. Food came out of the kitchen quickly. Glad dessert was split. The coconut cake was huge and delicious

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