Massimo S. Busetti, 71, a maitre d'hotel in Washington restaurants for more than 30 years died of leukemia Sunday at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Busetti, who was known as "Max" to many of his friends and patrons, began his Washington career in the early 1940s at the Sheraton-Carlto Hotel. He later worked at the La Salle due Bois restaurant and the International Club, from which he retired in 1973 after 10 years of service. He had worked part-time at the Rotunda and at Paul Young's restaurants since then.

Mr. Busetti was born in Santa Lucia, Italy. He entered the restaurant business in Venice when he was still a youth. He worked in Cannes, France, Paris, and London before immigrating to the United States in 1936. He worked in New York before coming to Washington.

He was a member of St. Columba's Church in Oxon Hill.

Survivors include his wife, Simone, of the home in Oxon Hill; three sons, Max. of Alexandria, and Henry and Robert, both of the home: a daughter, Lilia, also of the home; two brothers, Luigi, of Santa Lucia Italy, and Serafino, of South Africa, and a sister, Rosina, of Rome, Italy.