L'incontro Italian Restaurant
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.
Beans and pasta in a savory broth
Romaine lettuce in a creamy caesar dressing with croutons (Grilled chicken or shrimp additional)
Always a favorite! Great Italian food the veal was amazing last night and the wine was perfect
Love everything about the place! Food is always great, fresh made, beautiful presentation. Wonderful service! Well worth the drive.
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
It is a very comfortable experience, food delicious, if you have keto preferences they will accommodate! Xcloent!
Fantastic restaurant! Food is exquisite, fresh made to order, high end quality and taste! Very clean, great service. We go there often. Love it!!
Our meal was incredible and service was fantastic
I keep coming back to this place, authentic Italian food, I eventually will try everything on their menu
Great hidden gem. Food and atmosphere was wonderful. Sitting eating dinner and while eating booked this coming Saturday for another great experience.
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.
Delightful to experience good Italian cooking. Highly prefer over any "chain" Italian restaurant.
One of the best Italian meals I have eaten in years. Highly recommend
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!
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.
Great place, wonderful food.
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.
Quaint little place with a nice ambiance. Very good menu offerings with very polite and efficient staff. Food was excellent, highly recommend!
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 😍
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!
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
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.
We live over 45 minutes from L'incontro - but we visit here often. Great restaurant, great food.
It is a fantastic place to eat best in Lake Wales IMO
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.
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.
Delicious italian cuisine! We keep coming back for more: rissotto, pastas, salads, you name it!
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.
The waiter delivered the appetizer after the main course and didn't pepper the salad or shave cheese on the main dish.
Delicious food, authentic italian recipes and flavors
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.
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.
L’incontro is our new favorite date night restaurant!! Both the food and service are exceptional.
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.
Outstanding Food, Service, and Value. Will definitely be returning before Moving Out of State.
We really enjoyed the evening at L’Incobtro. Our servers were both very pleasant and helpful. The food was delicious, and the wine good. The restaurant was full, so it was a wee noisy.
We celebrated my mother in laws birthday and my wedding! We were treated like kings and queens and the food was outstanding! I wish I didn’t live so far away...I would eat here every week!
Everyone was friendly the food was delicious I would recommend it to anyone to go it’s nice and Romantic you would be in for a treat
Our server Bailey was attentive, sweet and personable. A true gem!! Food was outstanding, and well presented. Our favourite place to dine in Lake Wales, for sure!!
Moved to Florida a year ago found this one to be the closest Italian to NJ/NY. Fabulous!!
L'incontro Italian Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (863) 676-7400.
L'incontro Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 392 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.