About L'incontro Italian Restaurant
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:
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
My husband and I, along with another cou ...
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.
A wonderful restaurant, great food selec ...
A wonderful restaurant, great food selection, very attentive server and staff . It would be nice to have a full bar, but the wine selection was fine. This was our third time dining and each time was a very pleasurable experience.
We first found L'incontro Italian Restau ...
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!
Great food and variety. Excellent servic ...
Great food and variety. Excellent service. Our party tried the Lasagne, L'Incontro Pasta and the Mushroom ravoli. All three were excellent. House salad was very good. My wife is in a wheelchair and they readily accommodated us.
My wife and I enjoyed two of the special ...
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.
Italian Food at its Best!
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!
We always a great dining experience at L'Incontro
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.
Great place, good food
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.
Loved This Place!
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!
Great Italian Food!
Everyone loved their meals. The food was very fresh tasting with quality ingredients and fairly priced. The service was lacking, our waiter never checked on us once the food came (and someone else took our order), and we had to ask someone else for our check. We also waited about 40 minutes for our food once we ordered, but at least it was worth the wait!
A Wonderful Surprise
First time and will certainly return next time we visit Lake Wales .
Based upon the reviews we stopped to meet friends for lunch.
The lunch special was exceptional in quality of food ,very reasonable price and excellent service.
The restaurant was very inviting and exeptionally clean.
It was very nice to have one of the owners come to table and ask how thing were. A nice touch !
Great people! Great food!
We go to L'incontro a few times a year and almost every Valentine's Day. We find the restaurant to be very romantic and intimate as the floor layout allows for each table to have a sense of privacy. I don't think there is really a bad seat in the place. The staff members are outstanding and very customer service oriented. They work as a team so everything flows very well and there is never a missed step in the process. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that is looking for a non-chain intimate experience. This is absolutely a family friendly place and I would recommend any family to take advantage of this gem!
Nice dinner at L'incontro
We made dinner reservations for the Saturday night before Valentines because the restaurant is so small and romantic and quaint and the food is always exceptional. The food was really good- I had the Sea Bass and my husband had the Striped Bass special. The house salad was included with a pasta and the salad dressing was fabulous . There was only 1 down side which was the fact that we had reservations and they put us on the back patio even though we asked for inside (hostess flat out said "NO") and there were at least 3 open tables in the dining room. It was cold outside and I had to keep my coat around me. The manager was very nice and brought out a heater which helped but that back patio was ugly with patio type furniture and just the pavement for a floor. Ugly and not what we wanted for a Valentines dinner. In the future, because we will go back, we will request an INSIDE table and probably call them and make sure. They would have received a 4-star if it hadn't been for that hostess and the patio.
Great local Italian
My wife and I have eaten here several times. The atmosphere is relaxing, the food is excellent and the service staff is very attentive. This is a great place for a nice peaceful dinner, there is no sense of being rushed. I'd highly recommend L'incontro.
Small in area, but great food and atmosphere.
Went with a group of six for a birthday dinner. The waitress was excellent as she explained the menu and specials in detail. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Everyone was pleased with the house wine and chianti. Through the resturant is small it provides a great atmosphere for dinner and conversation.
I would highly recommend this itialian restaurant. But be sure to make a reservation, as space is limited.
Our first visit to L'Contro was favorabl ...
Our first visit to L'Contro was favorable. Food was well prepared and served. Coming from an area of great Italian restaurants in NY, L'Contro lived up to what we were used to in the way of outstanding Italian food. The service seemed a little slow, but they had a full restaurant including a large party group. Due to the group, it seemed pretty loud as there entertainment spilled over into our dining area. All in all a good experience. We will return and recommend to others.
Wonderful all the way around!
This was our first-time at L'incontro's, and we were delightfully surprised by the service, the food, and the atmosphere. From the appetizer to the dessert; it was divine. We are so happy to find a good Italian restaurant nearby, without having to drive to Orlando for a great meal and evening out. Thank you and God bless you!
Cramped and just regular food
We were not impressed- it was not bad, just not as good as we thought it would be. Hubby got chicken marsala- he said it wasn't nearly as good as Carrabbas or Outback. I got the ziti with cheese- some of the cheese was so chewy that it was like having a gumball in my mouth. I had to tear it apart with my tongue so I could chew it up. It had a good taste but nothing special. The meals do not come with a salad! I think the best part of our meals was the breads and marinara sauce- now that was yummy. Very disappointed.
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