L'incontro Italian Restaurant

4.6
307 reviews
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Italian
L’incontro is an Italian word that means, “The Meeting Place.”

Located in Lake Wales, the heart of central Florida, is L’incontro Restaurant, “A Place Where People Gather to Enjoy Classic Italian Food.”

Our family’s interest in Italian cuisine began in the 1960s when my uncle immigrated to the United States. He worked hard to bring other family members to the States to live the American dream. Now, our family includes about 160 people, mostly living in New York and Florida. Four of my uncles are now Italian cuisine chefs or own their own restaurants. Through the years they have cooked for many famous people. Oprah Winfrey, the President of France, and other well-known celebrities have enjoyed their old world-style dishes that showcase the variety and distinct characteristics of Italy’s regional cuisines.

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JK
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

L’Controvo - We celebrated my hubby's birthday. The restaurant was recommended by a friend who had just celebrated his birthday there. At first, the waitress seemed curt but she warmed up later. We had the chef's special on March 16, 2019 shrimp cocktail , pork wrapped in bacon, spaghetti, sword fish and limoncello cake with cannoli with a candle on it. The one thing that I was wondering is why the online menu was about $5.00 to $10.00 cheaper than what we paid that night which was $26.00 and $24.00? Are the chef's specials more expensive? We still gave a good tip. We'll definitely be back for their early bird specials as well as for my birthday. It was a very busy place. It was cozy nicer atmosphere than we had expected. Overall, we liked it.

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JD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Been there many times. Food was good, but service has been slow the last 2 times. Now having a full bar, there is no bartender, so servers make there drinks for there tables

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Lunchtime might be quieter on the back porch. You can always count on a great meal at a good price here. Don't forget to save room for one of their many desserts. Split the creme brulee with your date!

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SU
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Already have recommended this lovely restaurant. Local, friendly, our table is at a quiet corner .
I ordered the shrimp cocktail and the ice in the vessel was lighted. Wow! so much fun seeing that arrive at your table. The chilean SeaBass was fabulous. Since this night was a special occasion it was all the more enjoyable. For the cocktail lovers the L'incontro now has a full bar. Will like to go again soon.

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TH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant! The food is amazing! It is small, so the noise level isn’t great and depending on your table, you can have noise from the kitchen and bar area. The service is outstanding and the food is just wonderful. We return again and again.

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service, an ambience. I reccomend...............................mmm am I at 50 characters yet

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were with friends from Toronto. My hometown friend had suggested that we have dinner at your restaurant. Since I have never known my friend to be wrong, I called for reservations. Thus, began one of my finest dining experiences. The service was personalized to our needs. The food was well presented and excellently prepared. We never felt rushed. I can promise you that my hometown friend and I will be back.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good,excellent service and the best pork chop that I ever had..

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PR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was average. A little over priced. Waiter was great. Will not be back.

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PD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

They could use a few more staff. Service was very friendly. and helpful. Everyone in our party of 8 loved their meal and desert. Definitely will return

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DA
Detroit
31 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good but not great
Have had better food and service

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DH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was recommended as the "best around" by the people at the BNB we were staying at. We had a reservation for 7:00 PM. The restaurant was not busy since it was midweek and later in the evening. The staff were attentive to our needs and extremely pleasant while serving. The food was delicious. My partner had Veal Parmigiana and I had Chicken Scallopini . We agreed both were the best we have had in some time. We will definitely be back when we are in the area.

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PR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. The pasta and fish were very fresh. The veal Parmesan was a very large portion.

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ML
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great value for the money. Specials we had that night were a little more expensive but worth it. Great little restaurant

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MP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have wonderful food and beautiful atmosphere. Loved it.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Steak risotto was tough meat for that price. Despite crowd and noise, the service was very good. The lasagna was excellent as were the salads- house and Caesar.

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DD
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

First timers dining here. Atmosphere was nice and inviting. We arrived very early for dinner so only a few tables were seated. Service was very slow. We sat at least 10 minutes before being acknowledged by our sever. Server was very nice and helpful suggesting entrees. But, again this dining experience took twice as long as it should have. During dinner there were two items we asked for and were forgotten so we had to ask again. I probably won't go back as the location is not convenient. We gave it a try based on a recommendation. Overall, not a horrible experience just a little underwhelming.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, exceptional service and a very reasonable price. Covers all the bases

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T
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

L'Incontro is an intimate, family-run Italian restaurant. It is not fine dining, but the food is quite good and they make you feel at home. Best to make reservations on the weekends, especially fall/winter/spring.

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SQ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambience, good food, wonderful service!! Veal Piccata was outstanding. Pork chop was disappointing because the quality of the meat was average but the flavors in the chutney topping were delicious.

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M
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Lake wales, Florida, I take all my friends and family here when they visit. Sometimes during the winter months it is best to make a reservation. My favorite item on the menu is the mushroom ravioli. Their house dressing is amazing.

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KL
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner here!

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MP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took some ladies from my church. It was there first tine and they loved it. Thank you for a great place to eat and socialize.

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LN
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten here many times and taken friends & family. The food and service have always been exceptional.

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GW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent. Service was the way service is suppose to be. The outside seating was great. Unfortunately I ate too much and couldn't have dessert this time.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Noisy. Staff brought salad before appetizer. Noisy. Soup came with no spoon. We had to remind staff to bring us our take-away box. Noisy.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very good place. We enjoyed it very much and will be back

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LR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always good. Serving staff is very attentive.

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j
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were entertaining out of town guests for New Year’s Eve. We’d had a previous positive experience and our second visit was no disappointment. The food and service were excellent and our friends were very impressed with our selection. Thanks for making our special time so memorable. We definitely will come again!

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RB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We always come here when we are in town. We are never disappointed. It is our local go to place. The food is outstanding! Authenticity Philadelphia.

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JL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Would have liked a salad to be included in the entree price, even if a small one.

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OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a very nice evening!

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy, nice ambience, great service, Delicious food and desserts and good prices. Upscale, but not pretentious. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Polk County.

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A
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this after seeing it on trip advisor as we are from the uk. A great find, a typical Italian restaurant everyone chatting and enjoying good food. We went on Xmas day and we were pleased to be able to choose off the normal menu than a set menu for the day, our children loved their meals too. All the tables were full it is clearly very popular with locals which is always a good sign. An ideal stop on the way back from LEGOLAND, we much prefer family run restaurants than chains. Thank you so much for completing our Christmas Day memories in Florida. One last thing- there was so much to choose on the menu we could have gone numerous times to enjoy the different options

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RK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was Christmas Eve and much noisier than usual. It would have been nice if the gentleman playing music would have played some Christmas music. Some of the patrons were singing and it was like karaoke.

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JP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another fantastic Christmas Eve lunch. Will was fantastic and very attentive.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very good and done in a proper manner. The holiday pork chop was of the quality seen in very expensive dinning establishments. My recommendation falls short when I say it was excellent!!!

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RL
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My second time here and still very impressed with the quality of the food. Recommended to my real Italian friends and all were impressed and are also return customers! A little loud at prime time, but worth the trip for the wonderful menu and quality food. Server was very competent and polite. Looking to the next visit!

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TH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious as always. Looking forward to my next visit.

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TH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome food! Fabulous dessert! Can’t wait to return soon.

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