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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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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (20)
Casual (16)
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Good for a Date (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Authentic (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
People Watching (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Fun (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Cozy (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was excellent and our server was friendly and efficient.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The music is always too loud. Most people are oblivious to sound, but those who are not, if they are like me, find it pretty horrible...difficult to have good conversations. Turn it down. Better yet, turn it off. Thanks. People want to talk.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentine's Day dinner ! Amazing service! Amazing food :)))

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

From check in to CHECK PLEASE! this place was great. Friendly and courteous staff who did not hover like some other restaurants. We went on Valentines Day and we did not feel rushed once, even though they were super busy. Our waitress was amazing and funny and very attentive to our needs! Food was amazing, really felt like I was back in my grandpa’s kitchen eating his chicken parm! Over all A+

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fun, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Always enjoy going to Max-A-Mia. My only suggestion is to have Rose's Lime Juice available as a cocktail ingredient. I happen to like my Vodka Gimlet with Rose's Lime Juice rather than just fresh lime/simple sugar. I don't think it's too much to ask. Thank you for your consideration.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We enjoy Max a Mia and go there often. The food is greasy and creatively prepared. Great service and an overall comfortable dining experience.

Tags: Disabled Access, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

well done Maxi mia.... the guy from NY.............................LOL

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and don't dine out often,but when we do Max a Mia is at the top our list. Creative fare and attentive staff make it a great dining experience . We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Former Connecticut residents who visit max’s Every time we visit family . Never fails to please.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Getting a bit tired but still a very good dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I’ve been coming here for over 10 years, and I by far, had the WORST service I’ve ever had here. It took us 30 minutes to get our drinks, our server was flighty and not very nice. She spent the majority of the night slicing bread. We didn’t even eat at prime time! Super disappointed in Max a Mia, will not be coming here again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

As always, the food( salmon and the swordfish special) and the service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

it was good but they charges me for a selzer water 3.95

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service, newly renovated setting and food excellent. Good to be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Nice by the glass wine. Seating in bar area good. Good music and moderate sound level. FOOD not what expected from a Max restaurant. Roast chicken with no au jus and veggies not roasted. Trout plate served with fingerlings rolling around not smashed with olive oil and seasoning and trout looking plain without garnish To add color and appearance. Very disappointed. Wait staff very accommodating but kitchen needs help.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and service. Can’t wait to go back! Food was fantastic. Loved the roasted garlic and bread.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Always great food. Service with a smile and timely. This restaurant never disappoints us pasta always a winner as well as the chicken which is the best value around as well as delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The dinner was outstanding. The starter of roasted garlic with their fresh out of the oven focaccia bread is to die for. I had the cedar roasted salmon and my husband had the Chicken Parm, both were delicious. He said to me, why don't we come here more often. The meal and service was excellent. The Max's never disappoint.

Great dining and fun atmosphere even if it was a little loud. Saturday night crowd.

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Very nice meal. Love the menu options and great specials

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Newly renovated, this place is even more lively than it was. A great night out and as always with Max restaurants, good food and excellent service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (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 12, 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 1, 2017

Always reliable- consistent snappy professional service and wonderful food

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vip
 (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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