L'incontro Italian Restaurant

4.7
395 reviews
$30 and under
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.

What 395 People Are Saying
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4.9
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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KenP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice overall meal. Service and food excellent. Soup and small Caesar Salad were great. Veal Cacciatore was fork tender and the gravey had great flavor and texture.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first visit and will definitely return. The service and the food was outstanding..

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Michael
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed our meal and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Loved everything

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Scottracy
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great authentic Italian food! Enjoyed our meal each time we have visited. Clean, and inviting. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love supporting local businesses when we travel. Restaurant was quaint and I loved the atmosphere.

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viprebecca
Orlando
63 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a favorite! Great Italian food the veal was amazing last night and the wine was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love everything about the place! Food is always great, fresh made, beautiful presentation. Wonderful service! Well worth the drive.

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jws6903
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Calimari again done to perfection - lightly coated, finely cooked - not rubbery as is the case with many other restaurants. REAL VEAL - not a patty. Always a delight. Have not had a bad meal there in seven plus years

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LindaU
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It is a very comfortable experience, food delicious, if you have keto preferences they will accommodate! Xcloent!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! Food is exquisite, fresh made to order, high end quality and taste! Very clean, great service. We go there often. Love it!!

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vipSuzFL
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was incredible and service was fantastic

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Mazz
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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LauraF
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I keep coming back to this place, authentic Italian food, I eventually will try everything on their menu

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Mazz
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great hidden gem. Food and atmosphere was wonderful. Sitting eating dinner and while eating booked this coming Saturday for another great experience.

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2BoltsSTMs
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

1st time visit. Exceptional food & service. Will defintely return. Glad an Italian friend recommended. $95.25 for 2 w/shared appetizer, 2 entrees, shared dessert, 3 glasses of wine and a 2nd complementary dessert for our anniversary, including tax and 20% tip.

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Snickersmomma
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful to experience good Italian cooking. Highly prefer over any "chain" Italian restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best Italian meals I have eaten in years. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We met here on our first date in 2015. We’ve been a few times since. We came tonight to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. The food was delicious as always. We’ve always had great service, the food has always been excellent. Coffee and dessert after dinner is a must! Definitely one of our favorite places. So glad we are closer now and can come more often!

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ANTONIO
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been visiting this establishment 2 or 3 times a year, since moving to this area in 2013, for special occasions.
Their cuisine has always been superb and satisfying. No matter what we order. Alex and his staff are very welcoming, accommodating and professional. I do recommend reservations, especially during peak dinner hours. 5 to 8 pm.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, wonderful food.

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VictorO
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Due to COVID we have not gone out much to eat. Since we were three weeks past our second shot, we felt confident in going out. Fortunately nothing has changed. The food was still as wonderful as we remember, also the service was great. I’ve read where a number of restaurants had food quality and service go down due to the pandemic, that is not the case with L’incontro.

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DougW
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Quaint little place with a nice ambiance. Very good menu offerings with very polite and efficient staff. Food was excellent, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic!! The whole experience is fantastic! The food is fresh and delicious. I've never been disappointed with anything I've ordered. Staff is friendly and efficient. My favorite dining place 😍

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Bill
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

While we do not go out to eat during the pandemic we make an exception of special occasions and the ONLY place we will go is L'Incontro. Lake Wales is a small meat and potatoes town, so L'Incontro's stands out. They do pasta right!

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KeithS
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have dined here many times, but not since Covid.
We found the tables spaced out properly and safety measures in place.
Our appetizer was excellent, the wine was good, and our entrees we delicious. I recommend the veal sorrentino . Great place

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LyndaK
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first visit and we enjoyed the food very much. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere. I especially liked the spacing between tables. Plan to visit again.

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BethB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We live over 45 minutes from L'incontro - but we visit here often. Great restaurant, great food.

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MarjorieS
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It is a fantastic place to eat best in Lake Wales IMO

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ANTONIO
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Cheri
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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.

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LauraF
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious italian cuisine! We keep coming back for more: rissotto, pastas, salads, you name it!

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sandon
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

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.

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JimR
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The waiter delivered the appetizer after the main course and didn't pepper the salad or shave cheese on the main dish.

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LauraF
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food, authentic italian recipes and flavors

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TiinaV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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MarkH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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vipTammyD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

L’incontro is our new favorite date night restaurant!! Both the food and service are exceptional.

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lakegirl13
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

FAQs

L'incontro Italian Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (863) 676-7400.

L'incontro Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 395 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 bookings at the moment.