Max a Mia

4.5
1147 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(860) 677-6299
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Stephen Lundgren
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Catering
We can accommodate large party and take out.
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Neighborhood
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1147 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Not as good as it used to be; guest had gnocchi which he said he wouldn't recommend. Chicken parm okay but heavy breading and really fried. Beet salad the star

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The roasted garlic and bread is the perfect way to start a meal at Maxamia’s. And the coconut cake and a cappuccino is a great way to finish it!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I recommend the grilled octopus as an appetizer. The cocktail menu was delightful. Our server was very helpful and knowledgable.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

A longtime Max Group customer here and have seen the ebb and flow of things at Max-a-Mia. This has been our 3rd or 4th visit in a row of just Eh with dinner conversations around what other restaurants we should have gone to. Nothing really bad, just nothing special and nothing setting it apart from other restaurants. We're sad that what once was a staple for us has turned into "...it's been months, let's try it again and see if it's better" .

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

My son took me to Max a Mia's for the Father's Day brunch. Overall, we had a good experience.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great restaurant to take my son from Manhattan. Food was wonderful. Service was was also great. We really appreciated the description of the specials and every entree we asked about from our waitress. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I’m really glad Max-a-Mia has updated their menu! I hadn’t been there in years because it always seemed to be the same old same old. The one thing that would make it better is if you could enjoy the happy hour menu when seating in the bar area or outside, not just at the bar. A lot of other restaurants do this and it’s really appreciated!
The food was yummy, the service was good. Keep it up!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Delicious meals though limited choices. Eight layer cake is worth the trip

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We went to celebrate my mom's birthday and the service was exceptional! The hosts greeter her with "Happy Birthday" and even wrote a card from the restaurant! And the food was all phenomenal on top of that!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always Enjoy having lunch or dinner at Max’s when I return ‘home ‘ for a visit from Scottsdale, AZ!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Love the calamari with spicy peppers! Best to order multiple items and share. Great service!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great service without being intrusive

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

First visit after the remodel.
Don’t really notice much of a change.
Menu is a bit different with some of the old standards.
The olives garlic and bread before the meal was really the highlight and that’s complimentary
Noodles not al dente
Pizza had huge hunks of tomatoe and no sauce barely any cheese
Salads just uninspired
Calamari hot but not breaded and fried well most still a bit soft not crisp.
It was busy and the timing was ok just not inspired food

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food is always great here. One of our favorite restaurants in the area

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Our waitress was great! Very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The antipasto was measly, my eggplant lasagna was Luke warm. I was disappointed as we eat out very often and a good local Italian restaurant would be our go to but Max A Mia just isn’t it.

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Wine and dessert was awesome
Dinner was not as good as the other max restaurants
Also it was very loud

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Another great experience at Max celebrating our sons graduation from AOF! Food was amazing as always and our server was fantastic.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Have been to Max-A-Mia on numerous occasions during the past eight years. The food is always consistently good and the service very cordial and professional. They always provide a nice variety of bread, plus a baked garlic, and a variety of olives prior to the meal... a nice touch and oh so good. We then shared a delicious salad prior to the meal. Of all the dinner items that we ordered, all were exceptional, except for mine (veal saltimbocca) which was mediocre, thus the "4" score. By the time for dessert and coffee, we all passed as we were stuffed. Definitely worth a visit.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great food. Wonderful service. Special John Dory fish & veggie sauce Superb!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Max A Mia never fails to provide a relaxing dinner setting with good food!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

A consistently excellent restaurant

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We enjoyed our meal here, the food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

First time we’ve been to MaxaMia since it was redone. Liked the refresh, very calming. Food was great as always. Only comment is that the branzino, while delicious was not noted on the menu as being the whole fish. I would not have ordered it if I’d known. Our server, Tess, was wonderful. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. And the 1/2 price wine on Thurs was nice too!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Have visited Max a Mia many many times, but Mother’s Day was a big disappointment. Way too many tables made it difficult to get to our table and the noise was so loud we couldn’t carry on a conversation. Didn’t receive the bread and olives at the start despite asking twice. Food for one in our party was cold—though it did get replaced. Lobster shells on the pasta. Waited 20 minutes for the waitress to come once dinner plates were cleared and by that time we had lost patience and opted not to order dessert. Won’t go back on a holiday.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always great!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We consistently like Max A Mia. Great for kids. They serve in a bento box .

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Always reliably good. Very friendly waitress

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Another great evening at Max A Mia! Food, service, dietary options — just excellent. Made our birthday celebration special. Thank you.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Excellent service very willing to assist our dietary needs

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Great food and cocktails. Ambiance was very nice. Table was ready when I arrived. Only complaint was a little slow in getting the food to the table.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

great time, very good ambience and exceptional service by "Tess"

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

They forgot the appetizer, left bacon on the pizza when we asked it be removed and were slow to keep the water glasses full.
The place is usually great - must have been an off nite.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Service was very slow. Our server was very good though.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great food, great service, very friendly and accommodating staff.
It is always a nice time at MaxAMia!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great,as always,never disappointed here. We liked the new additions to the menu. That's one of the reasons we like Max's you can enjoy the food you have always liked there and try new things.
It's one of our favorites.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Overall the experience was good with the exception of the pace of the service. We felt somewhat rushed. and our entrees were served before we had finished our salad course. The pasta dishes were outstanding.
The half price wine on Thursdays is a real deal and worth going here alone.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Birthday - consistently great food

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We made a return visit for dinner Friday night to Max A Mia. We were seated inside, but the evening was warm enough for those desiring to sit outside under the covering awning for a first outside seasonal dining. We were greeted by very friendly waitress and brought beverages, then bread with delicious roasted garlic bulb and marinara sauce, while we waited for our appetizers. Our entrees were excellent, salmon and steaks, which were more than ample and took home as leftovers. My brother-in-law’s coconut cake was a large slab piece that he took home as well. It was a very enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Fantastic food and perfect location for a casual dinner meeting.

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