L'incontro Italian Restaurant

4.6
323 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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KT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Exquisite experience. Will be back again. Love the pasta!

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JM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was named Joe and did a very professional job. Did not rush us to order, never had to repeat what we wanted and was very attentive.
I owned a restaurant in Pennsylvania. Husband was a Master Chef. Your veal franchise is as close to his as anywhere I have been.

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RK
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful. Food was amazing. Service was exceptional. Overall exceptional.

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Real good, "home made", Italian food at a fair price. And now they have a real bar ! The service is the best - they quickly attend to your every need and, you don't have to sit there for 20 minutes waiting for the check. It's our hidden gem, go-to eatery in the Winter Haven/Lake Wales area. You will not be disappointed.

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DM
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They were understaffed on this day...service was lacking.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the atmosphere at the L'incontro Restaurant. The service is good too.

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AP
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful and the waiter was very attentive and met all our needs. The food selection was good and the taste was above average. The prices were moderate and the quantity was all you could eat. We will probably be returning when we come back next year.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready when we arrived. The food was wonderful and the service impeccable.

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g
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s our first try. Food was good. Creme brûlée was the best. Portions were big—we took half home. Mojito, however, seemed like it was not quite right just tasted like lime juice

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BP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently moved here from Virginia. We were introduced to L'incontro Italian Restaurant by a friend. Each time that we have dined at L'incontro we have enjoyed a wonderful meal with great service. We will continue to dine at L'incontro and would highly recommend this restaurant to others.

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L
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wide menu,friendly, but slow bringing food out. Extremely.

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AN
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great ambiance and cucine.... My go to place for italian new york style.

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MC
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my husband’s birthday with great company and delicious food. Service was perfect...very attentive but left us alone to enjoy our meal and each other.

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LD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with family members who had never been to this restaurant before. They were pleased with the experience and said that they would be back again. We are repeat customers and love dining here. The food is always excellent and so is the service.

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RT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Excellent wait staff. They have a great menu selection at reasonable prices. The food is very good and served in generous portions.

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W
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here numerous times. One of our favorites. Service and food offerings have always been excellent. Would highly recommend L'incontro to anyone.

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JK
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
Orlando
2 reviews
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
43 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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