L'incontro Italian Restaurant
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.
Beans and pasta in a savory broth
Broiled shrimp in a lemon butter and white wine sauce with a touch of garlic
It is a fantastic place to eat best in Lake Wales IMO
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.
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.
Delicious italian cuisine! We keep coming back for more: rissotto, pastas, salads, you name it!
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.
The waiter delivered the appetizer after the main course and didn't pepper the salad or shave cheese on the main dish.
Delicious food, authentic italian recipes and flavors
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.
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.
L’incontro is our new favorite date night restaurant!! Both the food and service are exceptional.
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.
Outstanding Food, Service, and Value. Will definitely be returning before Moving Out of State.
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.
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!
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
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!!
Moved to Florida a year ago found this one to be the closest Italian to NJ/NY. Fabulous!!
The prices are good, the food is just fair. The Chicken Piccata was bland, the marinara sauce tasted burned. The waiter was good.
Fabulous! This place is amazing. Just when you thought you wouldn’t find good place for a special dinner - you find a GREAT place.
Great food and we will be back and tell our friends
Food was good, service slow, seem to be under staffed. Waited a while for a table to be cleaned and seated even though we had a reservation.
Authentic italian cuisine, pasta was truly al dente, menu has a great selection of italian classics, the risotto of the day was delicious! Our server was kind and helpful, definitely recommend this restaurant
The food is delicious with a cozy environment. The service is superb and lunch great value.
Only complaint was that the customers were too loud something the restaurant has no control over
First time at restaurant, food was great and service was good. Would recommend to friends and family!!
We have been there many times, and this was one of the best . Other times, hit or miss.
I do recommend this restaurant, it’s good most of the time.
This is the finest restaurant in Polk County of which I am aware. I have dined here with friends and family on 5 or 6 occasions in the past year and we have always had a very pleasant experience.
excellent food, atmosphere and wait staff. weve been there several times and always enjoyed it!!!
The food is always excellent and the service is always very accommodating.
The chicken marsala was tender and moist, cooked nicely. The pasta was al dente. The sauce was a bit thin and rather buttery versus marsala flavored. Overall it was a solid dish but the chianti was over priced. The salad was delicious but rather sparse. My wife enjoyed her stuffed pork chop with mashed potatoes but also felt the dish was over priced. We will try other dishes here soon.
Best restaurant in Lake Wales
It was awesome! Not sure why open table thinks I didn’t go. I also bought a gift certificate for my mother
We appreciate the food and service. The reception by the owner or manager could become a touch friendlier. After all we have been going there for over 5 years if not more!
Superb food! Very very nice place, great staff, impressive overall. I love this restaurant and will be back often!
great food super service from Brenda
Very nice night out with friends
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to L'incontro. The Grilled Salmon served with lemon piccata sauce was wonderful and a very generous serving. The shrimp fradiavlo was cooked to perfection. Our server was extremely friendly and helpful. We loved the quiet atmosphere. We will be keeping this one as one of our favorite dining places in Lake Wales.
I went for my Birthday. The restaurant is beautiful. The food is outstanding. I love dining here. I will definitely dine there more often. Thank you for the amazing birthday!
Chose this restaurant to meet an old friend for dinner. I am from the Chicago land area and am pretty picky about my Italian food. This place has really good food! The service was fantastic. I explained why we were there and that we would most likely be there for a long time and they had no problem with that at all and allowed us our space. Prices were very fair and the selection of items allowed for something for everyone. Definitely worth a stop in!
L'incontro Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (863) 676-7400.
L'incontro Italian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 368 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.