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 two decades later, and twice its 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.


Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson

Executive Chef / General Manager

Bob has been perfecting his culinary craft within Max Hopsitality since joining Max Fish as Sous Chef in 2011. In 2018, he moved to Max’ Oyster Bar and took over as Executive Chef. Now, as the Executive Chef at Max a Mia Ristorante, Bob brings his passion for Italian food to the restaurant and will be adding some new and exciting dishes to the menu.



Max Hospitality

Max Hospitality is always looking to expand our team. We offer competitive wages, a generous benefits package, flexible hours and the opportunity to grow with the company. Join the most respected restaurant group in Southern New England and you will have the opportunity to experience and learn the hospitality industry from visionary Chefs and seasoned Restaurant Managers. Max Hospitality is an equal-opportunity employer.

For more information about the current open positions at Max A Mia and other Max restaurants, visit the Max Hospitality website.