Incontro. In Italian, it means "encounter" - "get-together" - "rendezvous". And Incontro Italian Cuisine & Steakhouse is the place for that, and more. From the moment you enter this beautiful Manhattan-esqe restaurant with its high ceilings, dramatic center bar with glass and black accents, and inviting dining spaces, you realize you're in for something special.
On a road that's filled with chain restaurants, Incontro shines as one of the very few that's locally owned and can boast that all of the pasta, bread, and sauces are made in house. Owners Pedro and Christina Bitar are your gracious hosts and they see to it that every guest is delighted with their encounter - whether it's their first time or their 10th.
As with all fine steakhouses, meats are hand-cut in house. From a tender Filet Mignon to a hearty Ribeye or Veal Chop, every selection can be perfectly paired with something from the stellar wine list. Seafood enthusiasts may opt for delicate Branzino. And unlike many steakhouses - entrees are served with potato and seasonal veggies. The pasta selections read like you're in Tuscany. House made Gnocchi, Pappardelle in a ragu pork sauce with ricotta, Rigatoni with their signature bolognese, and homemade meatballs that taste like someone's Nonna is back there in the kitchen.
With the use of technology, your server will not only describe the evening's Chef's Specials, but will present you with a digital tablet showing delicious photos to help you decide. The staff is welcoming, friendly, and helpful and you'll get a feel of genuine gratitude - hopefully making this "incontro" the first of many to come.
~Some info & pics courtesy of SoFloDining.com Restaurant Reviews & Dining Blog