About L'incontro Italian Restaurant
Lake Wales, FL 33853
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. “The journey from humble beginnings of washing dishes in fine Italian restaurants to owning an Italian restaurant hasn’t been easy…but it’s definitely been worth it.”
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Twin Lake Blvd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Live music and dancing every second and forth thursday of every month by Joni Canova. The show starts at 6:00pm to 9:00pm, join us for a unforgettable night of fun and happiness.
L'incontro italian restaurant also does the cooking for you're next affair, special occasion, or business meeting at your location or home. Please ask us about catering.
We offer our private parking lot rite outside of our restaurant.
Jose Uzhca/Frank Rivera
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
alex: (863) 676-7400
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
L'incontro Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
This restaurant had over priced food with poor quality. The dessert was also horrible. Stay away. I know there are not many Italian restaurants around but this one is a waste of time and money. Just because you decorate the room doesn't make it food worrhy
We usually enjoy our meal at L'Incontro, which is our "go to" special dinner place. Tonight's meal was average, and service was poor. We were never even offered dessert. The meal took 2 hours and we continually had to ask for items from our server and waitstaff. I am not sure why the difference in level of service. Hopefully they were just experiencing an off night. We did not see the usual manager and did not recognize many of the servers.
Great Food and Ambiance. I found this Gem in 2014, after trying other Italian Eateries in a 20 mile radius. The Italian Food is Outstanding. this is not a pizzaria or a place for people in a hurry. Great staff and management. My favorite dish is Steak Pizziola,(not on Menu) but Alex and Chefs will cook to perfection. The Veal Parmigiana will melt in your mouth. Have a couple of Glasses of Sangria and you are good to go. Great appetizers and deserts. I recommend dinner reservations on weekend.
My husband and I, along with another couple, had dinner at L'incontro for the first time about a month ago. Everything was excellent and our waiter, a black gentleman, was exceptional. Everyone, including the owner, were very warm and friendly. It was for these reasons I highly recommended this restaurant to one of our doctors (who is opening an office in Lake Wales in January). I literally copied the front of your menu for him so he would know exactly where you are located. I also recommended we celebrate my birthday, as well as our friend's birthday and Veteran's Day at L'Incontro. Our friend, Frank, a birthday celebrant, served in Viet Nam, contracted agent orange is now legally blind from diabetes and is in stage 5 renal failure......this was to be a very special day for him. Upon arriving, the owner wasn't friendly, questioned whether I had a reservation and when I mentioned I highly recommended his restaurant to my doctor, he was blasé at best. Our friend's wife commented she thought he was rude! When I mentioned to our server that the bread was stale, she got very defensive and stated the bread was made fresh daily.....so be it. We all agreed it was stale. Bottom line, our first visit was a 10, this last visit.....a four. While my dinner was just as delicious as the first time, the other diners were not impressed with theirs. I was thrilled to have found L'incontro but Veteran's Day was an entirely different experience.
We first found L'incontro Italian Restaurant in 2013 during our annual family vacation on Crooked Lake in Lake Wales. There is absolutely nothing like it in the area. On this Sunday in September, we celebrated our daughter's 40th birthday. We were a party of 13 which included one child and three teenage boys. We had a reservation, arrived on time at 5:30 and were promptly seated. They had called to confirm our number earlier in the day and the table was set up perfectly. Christopher, our server, along with the rest of the staff was attentive, pleasant and service was very good. Christopher was helpful with our selections for appetizers and entrees; all of which were delicious. Some favorite appetizers: the bruschetta, the melon and prosciutto, the tomato caprese - delicious! Notable entrees: Veal Sorrentino - our daughter-in-law raved about it; I had the tortellini soup and Chicken Francese - loved both, and the accommodated a switch in pasta for me. I had the gorganzola gnocchi which was also delicious. Our grandson had the special stuffed pork chop. He said it was as phenomenal as it looked. Two in our party had the Linguini Pescatore. One loved his; the other wished he changed from marinara to Alfredo sauce but still enjoyed it. The birthday girl had the Chicken Parm- always her favorite and she said it was good. Their pizza looks terrific - our son enjoyed his regular crusted pizza, but we plan to go back before our vacation ends to try the thin crust pizzas. And we can't forget about the desserts: cannolis, tortuffo, and limoncello cake - all fantastic. If you happen to be anywhere near Lake Wales and like Italian food, we highly recommend stopping here for lunch or dinner! Delicioso!
My wife and I enjoyed two of the specials the chef prepared for the evening. I had the pork chop special and my wife had the seafood risotto special. Both entrees were absolutely delicious. The presentation was excellent. We will definitely be dining there again.
I have eaten at L"Incontro before and no matter what I order, it has been fantastic. Food was served piping hot, fesh pasta (yummy) and perfect flavoring. I have brought company there for dinner and the raves were great. Will definitely go to the restaurant again and again. Thanks to all who made the meal complete.
We went on Mother's Day and they had a singer playing to a soundtrack. It's a pretty small restaurant and the singer was too loud for the space. The louder he sang, the louder people talked. Other than that, good dining experience. I prefer going when they don't have entertainment! Food is top notch!
This is our favorite Italian restaurant. We have been there many times and have never been disappointed. The food is very good and the service is excellent. It is a small intimate restaurant and the ambiance is very nice. They now have live music every other Friday which is a nice addition.
Restaurant was recommended by a friend and everything was great. Food choices, very attentive staff, manager checked to verify service and food quality was as expected. Good menu for kids and the prices were very reasonable. Great to be able to reserve and be seated on time. Check it out you should enjoy.
The menu at L'Incontro is so wonderful that it is hard to make a dinner selection. Everything we have ever ordered has been excellent. The have great consistency in their meals every visit. The manager Alex goes out of his way to make the dinner guests feel welcome and satisfied. I never order until we hear their interesting daily specials, which I usually end up ordering. It's hard to find a restaurant where everything is good---the pasta, the chicken, the veal , the beef,and the seafood dishes. They make a chilled green bean salad occasionally that is delicious and we always order when it is available.
Nice to go to for a date night or special occasion. The food is good and a good selection of wines. Prices are about normal for a more classy establishment. The only thing I did not like was people that ordered over the phone for pick up walked through the restaurant where everyone was dinning in and most of the them seemed to lack class. I felt they should have a separate area for guest who place pick up orders. Trashy people bumping your table is not a good way to run an establishment of this sort.
I was very impressed with L'incontro Italian Restaurant. Rather small but very nicely done, ambiance is wonderful. Great food, Fair prices for the quality and presentation. Service was very good, great staff. I will definately be back and send others that way too. Be sure to make a reservation!
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