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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

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (25)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Good for a Date (20)
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Good for Birthdays (20)
Special Occasion (18)
Business Meals (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (9)
Romantic (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Sadly this wasn't a good experience. I had been to several places for 'Taste of Farmington Valley' and called Max a Mia to be sure it was available before booking with my family for Sunday 9/24, Max a Mia told me Taste of Farmington Valley was only after 4p, so I changed my reservation originally booked for 2:30 p to 4p after calling first to check. Several websites have this event listed from 9/12-9/24 .When we arrived (9/24), we were told the Taste of Farmington Valley was no longer available. I had forwarded the email to my brother before chosing this restaurant, and we were disappointed. My brother then went to the hostess station to show her the posting. As my seat faced the hostess station, I watched the annoyed staff talking about us, so much so that our hostess lifted a menu to continue to talk so I couldn't see; it felt like middle school. We discussed leaving, but my family opted to remain. I eat out a lot, so much so that I was using my Max points for $100 gift card to cover half our bill. It was overall very amateur and I love other Maxes: Downtown, Oyster and Burger. Sadly, I will stay away from Max a Mia and frequent the other more hospitable places in the Farmington Valley.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Pan Roasted Georges Bank Cod was ice cold 2 bites in. Had to wait for the waitress to finally come back to check on how everything was. When told about it being cold, she said she'd get a new one. About 12 minutes later, another server showed up saying it had been heated up and was now covered over with additional tomato bisque. We expected a new dinner as the original waitress promised. This was our third visit, the prior 2 were good.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food but the spaghetti was just a touch over cooked. Next time I'll specify al dente! Awesome waitstaff!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Max a Mia has consistently good service and food quality

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always good. The Cod and Salmon a both outstanding on the regular menu. Thursday is half-price wine night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We really enjoyed our special evening out celebrating our 11th.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have been to all the Max restaurants and I can say with all honesty I have never had a bad or even a so so meal. Great food and atmosphere and even better people.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I found a very bad experience the waiter was rude and very inconsiderate. The manager had to come over twice. Offered my wife the potatoes when cooked well after the mail she offered more potatoes . Order dessert we ordered a peach and we got apple crisps instead. The manager finally offered to get both of our meals. Disappointing because I've been other Max that were much better.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Seating was not good. First booth was moving all over the place. Second booth was so tight my wife and I sat on the same side. Food was on the bland side. A lady who seemed to be involved in the kitchen but not a cook or wait staff was having very loud conversations with patrons she seemed to know. We now know all about them as well. Really loud. Overall a disappointment. Had better luck at the bar on a previous visit.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Awesome all around
Great food and service
Fabulous food preparation

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 7, 2017

1st time dining here... Our meals took quite some time because of a kitchen error but the manager came over to profusely apologize. They also offered us a free dessert. The food was very good and we would return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Love this place. Great Italian food. We come here every time we are in town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

good food, good company. The staff was very friendly and did their best to accommodate the needs of a nine month old child

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was appalling. It seems like they had a glitch and forgot to place our orders. It took over 2 hours to get served. The waitress and manager apologized and comped up our appetizers. The incident distracted from the evening and it was not enjoyable, especially since my sister had traveled from NYC for dinner and it turned out to be underwhelming. We have eaten at Max a Mia many times before and never had an issue, so I'm chalking this up to be an isolated case.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Had a great Spinach and Kale Salad with Grilled Salmon, delicious!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Our favorite date night spot and they did not disappoint. We can count on this restaurant being consistently good always! Thank you chef Steve. You make the best Bolognese sauce around!!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great food and what a surprise to go out on 1/2 price bottle night!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Loved the Rosedale farms pie and the Stonington scallops.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our service was excellent and so was our food. The atmosphere was also relaxing and comfortable We were also able to take advantage of the Birthday points loaded onto our Max's Advantage Card making it a very good value. Overall it was a great meal that was quite enjoyable!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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