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, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
L'incontro Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
PEARL OF THE AREA
I reserved the place to celebrate my mother's 78th bday. I love everything about this place however, food prep takes a bit longer than other places. With that said, food is very good. On a separate note, I was running very late and was unable to buy flowers and balloons for my mother and make it there on time for the reservation -- I called the manager and she took care of it. Side note, she did say they did not do that type of service but I explained the situation and she made an exception and went out of her way to get the flowers and the balloons before we arrived. That alone won me over -- you cannot find people like that anymore.
Give this place a try and you will enjoy your meal. My .02
As we were passing through Lake Wales we found a little bit of Italy! We were very surpised how L'incontro Italian Restaurant has maintained it's Italian roots. The food was equal to any location in Italy and the service far better than the norm in Florida.
Such a great restaurant
My husband and I have been to this restaurant on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is great and the service is superb. Our food has always been above average and served with perfection. We would highly recommend going here as you will have a wonderful evening. On our last visit one of the specials was a pork chop which I ordered. It was excellent served in a white wine truffle sauce. I chose the spinach as my side and it was delicious. Having said that, I have always enjoyed whatever I ordered so I can't say I have a favorite as everything is good.
Great food; great service - look no further
I have dined here on several occasions over the past year with friends and in a group setting and have yet to be disappointed. Chefs Jose and Frankie have both excelled and have spent time with diners explaining their specialties (as time permitted) . Their veal dishes - a rare find in this area - are excellent; and the eggplant rollettini is an exceptionally light appetizer. Servers , notably Tyler and Brenda, are both well versed in the various dishes and the evening specialties - quite ably describing content and preparation. And both are quite capable of recommending a suitable wine, by glass or bottle, to accompany your dinner
We will not be back
This was our second time dining at this restaurant. We liked it so much the first time we thought it was time to pay them another visit. We walked in and there were tables full of people dining with their families. We were seated right away and then? We waited... And we waited... FIFTEEN MINUTES came and went. The manager and two servers made eye contact with my husband and I but never came to our table. Finally the manager sees the looks of sustain in our faces and asks if we are ready to order. I immediately snap back and tell him we haven't even ordered drinks. Manager took our order and waited on us the remainder of the night. I ordered chicken marsala and it was soupy and gross. The manager did the bare minimum to make sure we only had what we absolutely needed. We never got a server. I'm not sure who our tip went to and I guess it doesn't matter. We will never be back.
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