L'incontro Italian Restaurant

4.8
392 Reviews
$30 and under
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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viprebecca
Orlando
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! Great Italian food the veal was amazing last night and the wine was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about the place! Food is always great, fresh made, beautiful presentation. Wonderful service! Well worth the drive.

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jws6903
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Calimari again done to perfection - lightly coated, finely cooked - not rubbery as is the case with many other restaurants. REAL VEAL - not a patty. Always a delight. Have not had a bad meal there in seven plus years

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LindaU
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is a very comfortable experience, food delicious, if you have keto preferences they will accommodate! Xcloent!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! Food is exquisite, fresh made to order, high end quality and taste! Very clean, great service. We go there often. Love it!!

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vipSuzFL
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was incredible and service was fantastic

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Mazz
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden Gem

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LauraF
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I keep coming back to this place, authentic Italian food, I eventually will try everything on their menu

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Mazz
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hidden gem. Food and atmosphere was wonderful. Sitting eating dinner and while eating booked this coming Saturday for another great experience.

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2BoltsSTMs
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

1st time visit. Exceptional food & service. Will defintely return. Glad an Italian friend recommended. $95.25 for 2 w/shared appetizer, 2 entrees, shared dessert, 3 glasses of wine and a 2nd complementary dessert for our anniversary, including tax and 20% tip.

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Snickersmomma
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful to experience good Italian cooking. Highly prefer over any "chain" Italian restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian meals I have eaten in years. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met here on our first date in 2015. We’ve been a few times since. We came tonight to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. The food was delicious as always. We’ve always had great service, the food has always been excellent. Coffee and dessert after dinner is a must! Definitely one of our favorite places. So glad we are closer now and can come more often!

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ANTONIO
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been visiting this establishment 2 or 3 times a year, since moving to this area in 2013, for special occasions.
Their cuisine has always been superb and satisfying. No matter what we order. Alex and his staff are very welcoming, accommodating and professional. I do recommend reservations, especially during peak dinner hours. 5 to 8 pm.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, wonderful food.

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VictorO
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to COVID we have not gone out much to eat. Since we were three weeks past our second shot, we felt confident in going out. Fortunately nothing has changed. The food was still as wonderful as we remember, also the service was great. I’ve read where a number of restaurants had food quality and service go down due to the pandemic, that is not the case with L’incontro.

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DougW
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Quaint little place with a nice ambiance. Very good menu offerings with very polite and efficient staff. Food was excellent, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!! The whole experience is fantastic! The food is fresh and delicious. I've never been disappointed with anything I've ordered. Staff is friendly and efficient. My favorite dining place 😍

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Bill
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While we do not go out to eat during the pandemic we make an exception of special occasions and the ONLY place we will go is L'Incontro. Lake Wales is a small meat and potatoes town, so L'Incontro's stands out. They do pasta right!

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KeithS
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here many times, but not since Covid.
We found the tables spaced out properly and safety measures in place.
Our appetizer was excellent, the wine was good, and our entrees we delicious. I recommend the veal sorrentino . Great place

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LyndaK
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit and we enjoyed the food very much. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere. I especially liked the spacing between tables. Plan to visit again.

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BethB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live over 45 minutes from L'incontro - but we visit here often. Great restaurant, great food.

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MarjorieS
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It is a fantastic place to eat best in Lake Wales IMO

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ANTONIO
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been there in awhile, due to pandemic. However, they are set up to deal with sanitation and social distancing. The food and service, as always, is superb.

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Cheri
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’ll remember in the future if you’re eating at an Italian restaurant you should order pasta! I ordered the pork chops and was very disappointed. They were well seasoned but over cooked and dry. My 2 friends had pasta dishes and they were pleased with their meal.

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LauraF
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious italian cuisine! We keep coming back for more: rissotto, pastas, salads, you name it!

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sandon
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This has been our favorite Italian restaurant locally for the past 2+ years. Food has always been very good, service excellent. Our visit this past week was very disappointing. My veal parma was over cooked , difficult to cut , even with a knife. Have always enjoyed their level of service; the servers were always, knowledgeable and attentive with a somewhat formal yet comfortable air about them. Now younger, not attentive and a bit too "loose" , lessening the overall experience. In fairness, our server did eliminate half the price of my entree. We'll go back again in hopes this experience was a fluke; if not, time to move on.

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JimR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The waiter delivered the appetizer after the main course and didn't pepper the salad or shave cheese on the main dish.

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LauraF
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, authentic italian recipes and flavors

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TiinaV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was great. Had a nice table in the corner. We were not rushed. Water came back numerous times to check if everything was good.

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MarkH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time to L'incontro. Nice smaller restaurant. Service and good was excellent. Because it's a smaller restaurant, it's a little noisy - also some noise from the kitchen. All in all, we would definitely return.

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vipTammyD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’incontro is our new favorite date night restaurant!! Both the food and service are exceptional.

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lakegirl13
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our go to restaurant to take out of town guests for dinner and it never disappoints. I always suggest everyone pay attention to the specials as they are usually the most creative offerings. 3 out of the 4 of us each chose a different special and no one was disappointed. The service was attentive but the entrees did take longer than usual to be served since it was 7:30 On a SAT evening during the season. The restaurant was full. At these times, the noise level can get up there but not so bad you cannot speak without shouting. Always a good idea to save room for dessert as the Limoncello cake is swoon worthy. Very good selection of wines. We will be back and I'm pretty sure our guests will want to go back when next they visit.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Food, Service, and Value. Will definitely be returning before Moving Out of State.

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KateD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the evening at L’Incobtro. Our servers were both very pleasant and helpful. The food was delicious, and the wine good. The restaurant was full, so it was a wee noisy.

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vipGeoGal
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my mother in laws birthday and my wedding! We were treated like kings and queens and the food was outstanding! I wish I didn’t live so far away...I would eat here every week!

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Vern
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was friendly the food was delicious I would recommend it to anyone to go it’s nice and Romantic you would be in for a treat

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Bailey was attentive, sweet and personable. A true gem!! Food was outstanding, and well presented. Our favourite place to dine in Lake Wales, for sure!!

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vipPaulT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moved to Florida a year ago found this one to be the closest Italian to NJ/NY. Fabulous!!

FAQs

L'incontro Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (863) 676-7400.

L'incontro Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 392 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.