Villanova gets into the MIXX.

It was only a matter of time before the vacant lower level of Azie on Main got a makeover from Win and Sutida Somboonsong. Though they toyed with the space early on, the restaurateurs held off until they got a better sense of the neighborhood’s clientele. Clearly money was no object, because the revamped eatery, now known as MIXX, sports a snappy new look courtesy of Sutida.

MIXX's mod dining areaPan-roasted Hawaiian butterfishWhile the vast bar is exactly how the Maia team left it, splashes of white and pale yellow, reminiscent of beaten eggs and sugar, tie the three rooms together. The funkiest space is the lounge, which used to hold a large glass case, an espresso maker and baked goods. In their place are some sharp-looking penny tile, three large flat-screen televisions, mod tables and chairs, soft banquettes, and two lovely black glass chandeliers. And where the cafeteria-style dining once was, you’ll find great little enclaves featuring two- and four-top tables, plus funky lighting.

The wine list is small and composed with mass appeal in mind. The theme for bottles is “20 under $40,” and glasses range from $7 to $10.

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The food is geared toward American tastes, with no real references to Azie’s offerings—other than some seriously good edamame. There’s a little something for everyone, from brick-oven pizza, burgers and fried chicken to pasta, ribs, fish, steak and homemade desserts. The sliced filet burger could use a smaller bun and more beef, but it was cooked perfectly. Tasty and hefty, the salmon came with a welcomed side of sweet-potato hash.

If you live between Wayne and Bryn Mawr, MIXX is a great escape for a few hours. Even if you don’t eat a thing, the old-school-with-a-twist cocktails will soothe what ails you. Ruby Slipper, anyone?

789 E. Lancaster Ave., First Floor, Villanova; (610) 527-0700,

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