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Max a Mia

4.3
4.3
1403 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (860) 677-6299

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Stephen Lundgren

  • Catering

    We can accommodate large party and take out.

  • Neighborhood

    Avon

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Primi

  • Minestrone Genovese$8.00

    vegetable soup, escarole, cannellini beans, pine nut pesto

    • Steamed Mussels$12.00

      nduja sausage, plum tomatoes, fresh herbs, grilled Tuscan bread

      • Ricotta Bruschetta$10.00

        house made ricotta, prosciutto, fig mostarda

        • Point Judith Calamari$12.00

          cherry peppers, lemon aioli, spicy marinara

          • House-Made Meatballs$12.00

            beef, pork and veal meatballs, plum tomato sauce

            Insalati

            All salads available with non-fat orange sherry vinaigrette

            • Caesar$11.00

              romaine, garlic croutons, grana padano, Max's classic caesar dressing

              • Tuscan$12.00

                mixed greens, kalamata olives, polenta croutons, roasted garlic, red grape tomatoes, fresh cherry mozzarella, balsamic vinaigrette

                • Max's Chopped$12.00

                  cucumber, tomato, red pepper, carrots, green beans, romaine lettuce, scallions, gorgonzola cheese, sherry vinaigrette

                  Any Salad as Entrée, Addition

                  • Chicken$6.00

                    • Meatballs$5.00

                      • Salmon$9.00

                        • Shrimp$7.00

                          • Calamari Fritti$7.00

                            • Hanger Steak$11.00

                              Stone Pies

                              Stone Pies available in a smaller size with a mixed green salad for the same price

                              • Pomodoro$16.00

                                crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil, Maldon sea salt

                                • Sausage$17.00

                                  sweet fennel sausage, broccoli rabe, cherry peppers, mozzarella, marinara

                                  • Pepperoni$17.00

                                    red onion, marinara, mozzarella, hot honey, parmigiano

                                    • Pollo$18.00

                                      chicken, broccoli, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, garlic oil, aged asiago

                                      • Melanzana$17.00

                                        breaded eggplant, san marzano tomatoes, basil, ricotta, mozzarella

                                        Panino

                                        • Sicilian$14.00

                                          capicola, fennel salami, black forest ham, lettuce, tomato, onion, provolone, pepperoncini vinaigrette, toasted grinder roll

                                          • Salmon Burger$15.00

                                            arugula, tomatoes, pickled onions, lemon caper aioli, brioche roll

                                            • Turkey BLT$15.00

                                              Roasted turkey, applewood bacon, avocado, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, pesto aioli, toasted multi-grain bread

                                              Piatti

                                              • Eggplant Lasagna$16.00

                                                eggplant, provolone, mozzarella, tomato butter

                                                • Grilled Faroe Island Salmon$21.00

                                                  white bean & wild rice risotto, rosemary, smoked carrot agrodolce, braised fennel

                                                  • Tuscan Burger$14.00

                                                    aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, gorgonzola aioli, fries

                                                    Pasta

                                                    • Chicken all'Amatriciana$15.00

                                                      grilled chicken, pancetta, escarole, spicy tomato sugo, bucatini, pecorino romano

                                                      • Penne al Buttero$16.00

                                                        sweet Italian sausage, garlic, calabrian chili flake, peas, tomato cream sauce, grana padano

                                                        • Gamberi$19.00

                                                          pan seared shrimp, saffron fregola, charred tomatoes & peppers, melted leeks, gremolata

                                                          • Classic Bolognese$17.00

                                                            meat ragu, fresh pappardelle, house made ricotta, pine nut pesto

                                                            What 1,403 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            4.3
                                                            4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                            • 4.3Food
                                                            • 4.3Service
                                                            • 4.1Ambience
                                                            • 4.1Value

                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                            1. RC

                                                              RickC

                                                              New York Area

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 14, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food and service was great. Always enjoy this restaurant.

                                                            2. GB

                                                              GB04

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 13, 2020

                                                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                              Couldn’t get a table until 8:45pm only to arrive and find the restaurant half empty. Seems they give preference to local reservations vs OpenTable

                                                            3. CL

                                                              CathleenL

                                                              New York Area

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 12, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Max A Mia prepares the salmon perfectly. I like my salmon medium. With a Tuscan salad. Delicious every time. Half price bottle of wine.

                                                            4. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New England

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great experience once again.

                                                            5. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              1.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                              overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                              First time in a long time the food was horrible. Even the server said the chef never should have cooked the steak it was so fatty. Management did reduce the bill but honestly not what we come to expect

                                                            6. JT

                                                              JasonT

                                                              New York Area

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Great service as always and the food was perfect. A local favorite for sure!

                                                            7. B

                                                              Barolo63

                                                              New York Area

                                                              23 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              23 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 5, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Great service by Kaylee. Thanks. Pasta special with short ribs was outstanding!

                                                            8. A

                                                              Avongal

                                                              New York Area

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 4, 2020

                                                              overall3food1service5ambience4

                                                              So disappointing. I have heard many many mixed reviews about Max A Mia in the past year or more but I still give it a whirl now and then. Recent experience: Wait staff excellent but food was just plain not good. Two appetizers were not very good and then the Tuscan Salad (which I used to get all the time) arrived. Dressing very bland...no taste to the salad. Again...both of us agreed. This time we told Brad about the salad. Did not say anything about the appetizers. They were more than courteous and comped the salads. BUT...in take out orders over the last year, there seems to always be some issue....burnt (beyond eatable) stone pies, missing items. I am not alone - thus reason for completing this review. I heard this all the time....and so many of us were regulars at MaxAMia for such a long time. Doesn't stand up to the Max Group standard.

                                                            9. BH

                                                              BonnieH

                                                              Miami

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 3, 2020

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                              Nice and easy

                                                            10. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Las Vegas

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                              Our service was fantastic and the food was very good!

                                                            11. JK

                                                              JohnK

                                                              New York Area

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                              overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                              Always enjoy Max a Mia, however, this time my food could have been hotter. When dining with others it's difficult to mention that and then wait while others are eating.

                                                            12. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Such a wonderful meal. The entire staff was so attentive. Will definitely go back!!

                                                            13. TM

                                                              TracyM

                                                              New York Area

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              My favorite restaurant, food is always good, staff is great, nice ambiance, can't go wrong with anything on the menu!!

                                                            14. B

                                                              20190131Boston

                                                              New York Area

                                                              76 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              76 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                              Food is always good. Pastas are excellent. Dessert is always good and there is dessert to take home. Service is steady even when busy and knowledgeable.

                                                            15. FJ

                                                              FaithJ

                                                              New York Area

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 27, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              So enjoyed the menu choices for CT Eats Week. Roasted cauliflower soup was wonderful with herb-crusted cod and a large slice of tiramisu for dessert. A 1/2 priced bottle( thirsty Thursday) of Montipulcuano made the meal even better.

                                                            16. LW

                                                              LorrieW

                                                              New York Area

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 26, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                              max a mia is consistently delicious. their coconut cake is to die for.

                                                            17. AG

                                                              AlbertG

                                                              New York Area

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Very nice I had not returning to the place for a while ( no due ever to a negative visit) and I was please to have the same good food with s great service

                                                            18. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New England

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              11 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Can always count on a great meal. Excellent wait & hostess staff!

                                                            19. AM

                                                              AllieMC

                                                              New England

                                                              31 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              31 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 21, 2020

                                                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                              Excellent service but food was just ok. Menu selection could have been better as well. Overall not impressed

                                                            20. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 20, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Meatballs were awesome. My Italian husband said so and that’s saying something. Great steak and mashed potato. Server was good and attentive. Will be back.

                                                            21. F

                                                              Floleibin

                                                              New England

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 20, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                              Yummy good. Waitress did not appear to be enjoying herself .

                                                            22. A

                                                              Ania

                                                              New York Area

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 20, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              I am happy to say - the same as always. That doesn't sound glowing, but it really is meant to be. Max's is one of the few places we can go where everything is consistently good. We're fans of Thurday 1/2 price wine night. Good food and great service - we'll be back.

                                                            23. MO

                                                              MariaO

                                                              New England

                                                              41 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              3.0

                                                              41 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 19, 2020

                                                              overall3food3service3ambience1

                                                              The hostess was alone trying to seat many people. This made the wait time in the small entry area difficult. Food was good. Servers were attentive. Ladies rooms were atrocious. Doors don’t lock and the sink was clogged. Unacceptable in a restaurant of this caliber.

                                                            24. CA

                                                              CAELPL

                                                              New York Area

                                                              174 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              3.0

                                                              174 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                              overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                              I've never experienced this before, but there were definitely expediting issues between the kitchen and the bar area on a Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for us, our entrees arrived lukewarm and our ice cream dessert (Bocce Ball) arrived soft. So, everything we ordered remained in the kitchen area long after ready to be served. For other diners who arrived around 4 pm for bar bites, I saw numerous plates (not shrimp cocktail) delivered and set down in the bar area but not served until until about 5 minutes later, so I'm sure their food was lukewarm as well. It was a very disappointing (and unusual) bar experience for sure.

                                                            25. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New England

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                              overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                              Always a treat to dine at Max-a-Mia

                                                            26. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                              It was wonderful as always

                                                            27. HD

                                                              HartfordDowntowner1

                                                              New York Area

                                                              48 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              48 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              This restaurant is truly spectacular. The ambience is fine, the wait staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is delicious. I try to book this restaurant for all special occasions.

                                                            28. EP

                                                              ElizabethP

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              Great experience for Valentines Day dinner with my boyfriend! The waitress was extremely friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere was great!

                                                            29. FN

                                                              FrogsNToads

                                                              New York Area

                                                              33 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              33 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 13, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              A delightful place to celebrate any occasion even if there's no special reason.

                                                            30. PA

                                                              PamelaA

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                              overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                              The chopped salad was bland. it needs dressing or more dressing, and the chicken was too dry from grilling in parts. The Cala Mari was outstanding, though.I was disappointed in the sale as was my friend.

                                                            31. MM

                                                              MauraM

                                                              Philadelphia

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              Wonderful, terrific food, great service and fun with friends

                                                            32. S

                                                              Speedyandhapoy

                                                              New York Area

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                              Very consistent food and service. One of us had a special- the pork chop which was outstanding- moist and flavorful. The other- the scallops which are always on the menu but with different side dishes. We would highly recommend the restaurant- easy in and out and plenty of parking too

                                                            33. M

                                                              Maggie

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 7, 2020

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                              Great food, great service! I was hoping for it to be a little more quiet. Our waitress was awesome! She knew the wines, and was helpful when deciding our entrees. We will go back, only next time for lunch, when the noise level is expected to be a little louder.

                                                            34. RS

                                                              RobertS

                                                              New England

                                                              40 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              40 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 2, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Always solid- consistently a good experience

                                                            35. MM

                                                              MiguelM

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 2, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Everything was wonderful! Will definitely be going back!

                                                            36. LM

                                                              LeeM

                                                              New England

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 28, 2020

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              I ordered the special which happened to be grilled ribeye. It was so salty I could barely eat it. Otherwise it would have been a fabulous steak. Chef really needs to tone down the salt.

                                                            37. t

                                                              theoccasionalcritic

                                                              New York Area

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                              overall3food5service3ambience3

                                                              Food was excellent. Service was slow. Not enough waitresses/waiters for number of tables.

                                                            38. E

                                                              Elftoes

                                                              New England

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              2.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                              overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                              came for lunch on weekend. very slow service and food mediocre at best. eggplant parmesan was like a plate of mush. mostly sauce and drowning in cheese and oil. bread was cold. quinoa salad was absolutely tiny golf ball size! waited a long time for service and interior was dark & uninviting and it was a sunny day! won’t go back.

                                                            39. EL

                                                              ErinaL

                                                              Birmingham

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on January 24, 2020

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Our server Erika made our dining out experience even better. All my dietary restrictions were no problem and she remembered everything with our order. Food came out in a timely manor as well.

                                                            40. CN

                                                              CharlieN

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on January 24, 2020

                                                              overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                              We frequent it here. Was disappointed this time. My particular meal was dried up and burnt. We wait 35 min after our to sit and has to ask 3 times. I think they forgot because we still ended up sitting in the bar and the service is always mediocre in the bar area.

                                                            FAQs

                                                            Max a Mia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 677-6299.

                                                            Max a Mia is rated 4.3 stars by 1403 OpenTable diners.

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                                                            Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                              Avon

                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                              Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Italian

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Fine Dining

                                                            • Dress code

                                                              Business Casual

                                                            • Parking details

                                                              Public Lot

                                                            • Payment options

                                                              AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Executive chef

                                                              Stephen Lundgren

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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