Richard Rosenthal and partner Brad Karsky had a simple vision – create a casual Italian bistro experience. The result: Max A Mia. Opened in 1991, it was named “Best New Restaurant” by Connecticut Magazine in its first year, and “top-grossing restaurant in its size” by Restaurant Hospitality. More than a decade later, and twice it’s original size, Max A Mia is the quintessential Italian experience in the Greater Hartford area. It also continues to garner awards and accolades. The Hartford Advocate crowned it a “Best Italian Restaurant” in 2004 and Zagat’s Survey awarded it an “excellent” score of 23. Featuring a traditional Italian menu, it utilizes an authentic brick oven that produces stone pies with unmatched flavor. Traditional veal, pork and pasta dishes, as well as inventive risotto offerings, set the mood for desserts including tiramisu and white chocolate polenta cake. An extraordinary – and comfortable - 25-foot granite bar has elevated Max A Mia to the social place in the Farmington Valley. The dining room features wood and tile, warmly lit by custom fixtures to create a sophisticated and luxurious – yet friendly, family environment.