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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.
Avon, CT 06001
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We can accommodate large party and take out.
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
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+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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