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About 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.

70 East Main St.
Avon, CT 06001
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 677-6299

Website:
http://maxamiaristorante.com/

Catering:
We can accommodate large party and take out.

Executive Chef:
Stephen Lundgren

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Max a Mia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Authentic (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
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Healthy (6)
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Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
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Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great staff in both the bar and the dining room. They add significant value for the customer!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food, roasted garlic is amazing and comes with dinner. The coconut cream layer cake is worth going for by itself!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Pasta special was tasteless. Waitress never asked me how I was enjoying it. Even with the addition of hot pepper, the sauce, principally olive oil, remained essentially tasteless.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food always amazing..our waitress was not as attentive as most are there..but we’ll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very loud background music. Had to ask hostess to shut it off. Clam pizza (stone pie) was wicked salty, couldn’t eat it. Gnocchi was just blah. No taste. Veggies were good. Definitely not worth the cost!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Traditional Italian food with quality ingredients. Can’t go wrong!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

An enjoyable dinner to celebrate my sons 21 birthday at his favorite restaurant .

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Never a disappointment! Salmon entree creative, delicious and healthy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always a hit and family crowd pleasers. Love max a Mia. My only mistake (twice) is ordering the strip steak. While it’s cooked in a fabulous wood oven, the cut of meat is awful. Stick to the wood fired chicken and every thing else on the menu. Yum!

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I have eaten here for several years and have been a big fan of Max restaurants. This time was different. Sunday reservations for dinner after a show at the Bushnell. Service was the worst I have ever experienced at any of the Max restaurants I have ever been to. Staff obviously had no concern for us. I also heard the table next to us complaining, if you are unable to attend to clients don’t come to work.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our group of long-time friends meets annually for a short reunion - each year in a new place. This makes restaurant-finding challenging but this year, we struck gold at Max A Mia on a weekday night. The casual, comfortable setting made catching up possible - and our semi-isolated table near the wine case - was perfect, even when the noise level at this very popular spot rose. I imagine that weekend evenings might be a bit more challenging. The salads and home-made pastas were inventive and delicious and we were happy to discover that Thursday is half-price wine bottle night! Our server was knowledgable, efficient and friendly. We'll definitely return. Apparently this restaurant will be closed for renovations sometime in the coming month; call to be sure about the schedule.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We decided to go for an early dinner and had made reservations a day or so prior. We arrived and checked in with the hostess who asked if we wanted to sit in the already noisy bar. We were seated in main dining and given menus. No wait staff came over until after the manager had seen we were sitting and waiting awhile. Although they were expecting groups and wait staff was prepping, they seem to ignore regular diners those nights, until an “oh yeah, anyone come over yet” kind of moment. The food was good and plentiful and large portions.

Tags: Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The very good food is always consistent with first rate servers and a top wine list. The wood fired oven is a real treat.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Max-a-Mia is one of the oldest restaurants in the chain and it’s decor which has not been updated for over 15 years shows its age., as does the strip mall in which it is located.

Max-a-Mia’s charges market prices in the highly competitive West Hartford/Avon market but seriously under delivers. It relies on local talent in lieu of seasoned professionals for bar tending and wait staff and they follow the strict management rules to the letter. Where this presents itself most vividly is in its mixed drinks. Max’s charges $12 for a brand name label, but you will get exactly 3 ounces which in presentation form is about 3/4 glass including garnish. You will not experience this at competing restaurants which only serves to encourage you to enjoy the experience at other local establishments.

The menu at Max-a-Mia’s is dated and not as exhaustive as its competitors and it is dated - think 1990’s menu. Adding insult to injury, unless you order dessert you will leave hungry as the portions are small. Let’s face it how expensive is a little pasta with tomatoes and olive oil.

Desserts are a high point - Nutella cake, coconut cake and bocci ball (e.g., tartufo) are all delicious.

To assure fair balance, Max-a-Mia’s is on par with what you would find in the restored factory district in Cleveland. If your guests are not staying at the Simsbury Inn or Avon Old Farms, then drive the extra 3-5 miles to Bricco’s Restaurante, Grants, or even Max Oyster Bar - you will be far happier and better served for your dollar.

My review is based upon a lengthy history of frequenting local restaurants over the past two decades and dining out frequently each week for both business and pleasure.

Final assessment: if you need a convenient place to dine, Max-a-Mia’s will serve in a pinch. Otherwise, go someplace else and get far better value for your dollar.

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Max Bolognese and Shrimp Abbronzate excellent. Service was also excellent. Coconut cream cake cannot be beat. And Pam makes the best peach bellini.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always reliable- consistent snappy professional service and wonderful food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

A good choice for a restaurant in Avon CT. Great food and good service. Very crowded during peak hours.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food is quite good, but watch your check. Two for two we've been charged for cocktails we didn't order.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

So glad you accommodated our gluten free friends. The anniversary surprise was such a nice gesture.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Never disappointed! Sauce is delicious. My husband always get the chicken parm with extra sauce! I love the eggplant lasagna! So fresh! Wait staff is super friendly! Really great service! Wish we lived closer!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Been coming to Max A Mia for almost 25 years and never have been disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I think the food was pleasant and ample, somewhat overpriced, perhaps and the wait for toast was long. I had ordered toast with my brunch items of scrambled eggs and fruit and the toast took a long time to arrive. The waitress also kept disappearing and I had to ask other servers for jam, toast, bread, etc. The waitress seemed new or inexperienced but nice. The fruit accompanying my dish was fresh and plentiful. The restaurant was also quite cold inside and I noticed many, including myself, wearing jackets while we ate. Overall, the experience was disappointing, especially compared to dining experiences in past years.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Max a Mia never disappoints. From my perspective it continues to go in the Avon/Canton - food and service are great, atmosphere is cozy.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I want to start by saying the food we had was very good, as it usually is. However, after many visits to Max a Mia (and other Max restaurants), this was the first time we had a bad service experience. First, we waited longer than we should have to get the salad we had ordered as a first course. 15 minutes after we finished our salad, the waitress said the entrees would "be out soon". 5 minutes later, she apologized for the wait and said she had spoken with the manager. Another 5 minutes passed, and the manager came to apologize. He said it would be another 5 minutes. He offered to give us a free dessert, which we declined since it would have meant being there even longer. He was correct that the food (medium rare steak and spaghetti vongole, neither of which should have taken half the time it did) came 5 minutes later. After finishing, the waitress again tried to offer us free dessert, but we just asked for the check.

Then, they redeemed themselves. The manager came over and told us that not only were they comp-ing the entire check (which also included a cocktail and 3 glasses of wine), but he credited us the points to our Max Vantage card which we would have received had we paid for the meal. So, despite feelings as we sat there that we would never return to Max-a-Mia (or possibly other Max restaurants), we now feel better that this was an aberration, and they made it "right".

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our go to...Food is always good, great ambiance, great for the whole family

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food and service are excellent. I like that you can add or subtract ingredients from most of the dishes depending on personal taste.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This was my worst visit ever to this restaurant. Our lunches (salads & soups) took over an hour to get to us. The waitress was unconcerned about the length of time it took and was non-communicative (other than a glare) when we asked about our food. The soups were cold, one of the salads was dressed with a dressing different than the one stated on the menu. The whole experience was terrible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always a great meal with attentive service. Dipping sauce wit bread brought to the table is awesome.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Max a Mia always delivers with delicious food, great atmoshere and super service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We tried this Max location because we wanted to try a new restaurant and take advance of CT Week. The waitress was not on her game, as we had to wait for her to come around and take our drink over, then forever to take our dinner order. She was slow to deliver drinks, the bread, etc. We did not expect that from a Max Restaurant.

Food was good, and the dinners around us that were not on the CT Week menu looked good as well.

We are hoping this was a fluke and to come back one more time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our dinner was fabulous!! The place was a bit noisy, but the food made up for it. It's the best of the Max's restaurants.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Nice options for Restaurant Week. Generous portions too. Consistent restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food. We ordered both specials which were phenomenal. And great service. Our waitress was super friendly and took the time to explain the menu in detail. We sat by the wood burning oven which was fun to watch. I would Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

We celebrated our 42nd anniversary at Max a Mia's and the minute we checked in with the hostess until the moment we left, we were treated with a special kindness and respect for celebrating our Anniversary there! We can't wait to go back. Everything was delicious...from the food and wine to the coffee and!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our go-to restaurant to meet friends "half-way". Delicious food, great service that never disappoints. Fresh ingredients, great flavor and creative menu choices that are varied and coupled well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is one of the finest Max restaurants. My companion thought that the cod was the best that she ever has tasted. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. I will return to this restaurant as often as I can.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food as always. Get the ravioli.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Delicious. We love our waitress! It was her third night and she did awesome!

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Never a disappointment. Tends to be very busy on the weekends so plan ahead. When it's busy it tends to be very noisy. So, if you're looking for a quieter time, go during the middle of the week.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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