L’Incontro Ristorante Italiano | Dine Like Italians

Posted By: at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 ▸
 
207 Nicanor Garcia St. (former Reposo)
Brgy. Bel-Air
Makati City
Business Hours: 11AM to 12AM Daily
Phone: (02) 899-0635 or 38
Cuisine: Italian
Budget: Php1000↑
Accepts Credit Card: Yes
Reservation: Yes
Parking: Yes & Valet
Overall Rating:



Italian dining experience.
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L'Incontro is an Italian word that means "the meeting place". It used to be a ristorante mostly for ballroom dancers but when the Italian owner had to leave the country, restaurateur Tina Pamintuan bought the place in 2010 and revamped it into a restaurant that's focused on showcasing the diversity of the Italian cuisine so that we Filipinos could dine like how the Italians do.

I've been a member of Deal Grocer ever since it was established and I was glad when one day, they offered a great deal for L'Incontro! It included a 3-course Italian lunch with roasted garlic pizza and Prosecco champagne. I made sure that I didn't miss it especially since I've heard a lot of good reviews about L'Incontro; to add, it was even awarded as 2010's Best Italian Restaurant at Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets.

AMBIANCE & DECOR:

Once we stepped in to L'Incontro, we instantly loved the rustic yet homey atmosphere! It really felt like we were in some old countryside house in Italy given the high ceilings, wide space, and wood furniture—Pamintuan styled the place really well! Even with this cozy ambiance where you can absolutely wear casual clothing while dining, it still screams of posh and sophistication.


There's also a cozy wine lounge just beside the main dining area with such great choices for red, white, and rose wines; they even offer cocktails should you wish to enjoy a drink or two; or more!

FOOD & PRICE

L'Incontro's usual menu offers classic and modern Italian dishes from all regions of Italy—may it be Northern, Southern, classic, authentic, and the like. You are even ensured that they use only the freshest and finest ingredients for their wide food selection.

Now for the 3-course lunch! First, we were served with Prosecco champagne. I'm not that reliable in giving comments about such drinks like this, but good thing my companion was! According to him, it was moderately dry, bubbly, and refreshing with a slight fruity taste. While in my case, all I know was that it didn't taste bad, haha, and yes it tasted a bit fruity. I have a feeling it was peach.


Along with this was the restaurant's complimentary bread and bread sticks; a part of fine dining that I have always come to love because of the dips that come along with it. Usually for my experiences, the bread would be served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar but I was glad that this time around, we were served with marinara and pesto dips!


Our Italian meal eventually started off with soup ("zuppa" in Italian): a tomato bisque with grilled tomato and white cheese and it was really creamy! I usually put a bit of pepper into my soup in order to kick it up a notch; and did I kick it! Haha!


Following this was the main course. We get to choose between three options and for me, I decided to go for Scallopine Saltimbocca (prosciutto wrapped thinly sliced, pork fillets in white wine and port) with mushroom duxelle ("duxelle" means finely chopped) and glazed potatoes... and it was delightful! The glazed potatoes helped give good balance with the aftertaste of the white wine from the scallopine saltimbocca; but it wasn't much of a problem if I ate the scallopine alone because it was very flavorful and juicy!

Saltimbocca means "jump in your mouth" and it's no wonder why it's called as that.


Meanwhile, my friend ordered for the grilled swordfish involtini ("rolls") with Sicilian grape caponata, citrus dressing and mash potatoes. He must have loved it so much because by the time that I came back to our table after going to the loo, he had already attacked the food, leaving me with nothing much to take a shot of! I was actually thankful that he didn't attack my food too, or else... haha! Once again, this dish's mix of flavors were well-balanced and the citrus dressing really helped add an oomph to it.


Next, we asked for the roasted garlic pizza to be served before dessert. What's great about this pizza was that it was made with white wine, cream, and sage. Though it's a familiar treat, it was very lush and the white wine and cream helped cut down the taste of garlic which really suited our palate. Another surprising fact about this pizza was that it was bigger than how we imagined it to be; we initially thought that it would be small in size so we ordered for the pizzas that came along with both of our coupons, but we were so glad to be wrong! In the end, we had to take the rest of it home.


Finally (unfortunately) was dolce. We were served with warm chocolate with salted orange caramel and vanilla gelato—a perfect way to end our L'Incontro experience. There was nothing really new about this dish but it was a nice touch to have a not-so-ordinary sauce—the salted orange caramel—and a wonderfully moist chocolate cake.


SERVICE:

Their waiters were very nice and lively. Even if we already had a set menu prepared for us, they were very eager in explaining the dishes to us as well as in giving meal recommendations for our future visit—which will really happen because the food was really great!

OVERALL

...every recognition that L'Incontro has gained thus far seems to be well-deserved. I can personally confirm that this is certainly one of those places where you could enjoy a hearty meal with your friends, family, and loved ones in style and with that Italian feel. So do try L'Incontro, and I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.

MENU

As of January 9, 2012.
Prepared fresh by Chef Geoffroy Morgan de Rivery.

*
Vegetarian
** Vegetarian Option

ANTIPASTI ("Before the Meal")
E INSALATE (Salads)
Caprese Salad*
..................................................410
White Italian Buffalo Mozzarella, aged balsamico and ripe red tomatoes, EVOO, basil and thyme.
Caesar Salad** 365
White Italian Buffalo Mozzarella, aged balsamico and ripe red tomatoes, EVOO, basil and thyme.
Warm Mushroom Salad* 450
Sauteed portobello, button and shiitake bacon mushrooms, mixed greens, fresh grapes, shaved Parmesan.
Wagyu Beef Carpaccio 590
Thinly sliced raw choice cut beef with thyme and black pepper, truffle balsamic glaze, Parmesan.
Crespella ala Fungi en Tartufo** 550
Crepe in black truffle and mushroom sauce stuffed with smoked ham and cheese.
ANTIPASTO PIATTI (Dishes)
Mista di Carne e Verdure
........................................950
Selection of Italian Cured Meats and Vegetables. Prosciutto di parma, salami, coppa, mortadella with pistachio served with marinated zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers. Good for 2 served on a board
Assorted Select Cheeses - 3 Kinds* 750
With flat bread.
Assorted Select Cheeses -  5 Kinds 975
With flat bread.
Terrine de foie grais canard 800
Slow cooked in VSOP Cognac with focaccia and berry compote.
ZUPPE (Soups)
Cappuccino of Mushroom Soup*
...................................................310
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup* 280
Lobster Bisque served with baby lobster in shell 390
Puree of Roasted Chestnut Soup* 360
With white truffle oil, celeriac pesto
PRIMI (First Courses)
Risotto Mushroom*
........................................550/220
Wild mushroom risotto of oyster, shiitake, button and portobello with black salsa tartufo.
Spaghetti Vongole 435/180
With Italian flat leaf parsley, white wine, garlic, fresh clams, and lemon.
Penne Arrabiata* 435/180
Spicy pomodoro with capers and olive oil.(Add: Italian Sausage)
Spaghetti Alio e Olio* 410/165
Fresh garlic toasted tossed in extra virgin olive oil, noodels, and fresh Italian herbs
FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA...
Lamb Lasagna 540
Ground lamb bolognese, home made egg lasagne sheets, bechamel and layered melted cheese
Gnocchi Gorgonzola* 510
Pan seared home made gnocchi dumplings, creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce and crumbled walnuts.
Tagliatelle Carbonara 485/195
Fresh homemade egg noodles with crispy pancetta bacon and classic carbonara sauce.
Chestnut and Ricotta ravioli* 580/240
Fresh ravioli pockets filled with roasted chestnuts and ricotta cheese in a porcini mushroom sauce.
Octopus and Squid Ink Pasta 590/255
Local fresh octopus, stewed in a tomato and white wine sauce with olives and garlic, served on homemade squid ink tagliatelle.
SECONDI (Second Courses) - MAINS
Blackened Chilean Sea Bass
........................................1,150
With truffle cauliflower mash, brown butter and almonds, celeriac puree. (Ask about their catch of the day.)
Pesce Cartoccio 795
Fresh catch of the day baked in the oven, cooked in foil/paper with white wine, Italian herbs, and lemon zest, tomatoes (fresh catch, filleted and deboned).
FROM THE ITALIAN GRILL...
Bistecca Ala Fiorentina (1 kilo Chargrilled Rib Eye Steak) US Angus Beef Rib Eye 5,540
Wisconsin Beef 100% USDA Certified and Graded : Aged for 15 days
Choice Rib Eye with Bone 4,750
Prime Grade Rib Eye 6,700
New York Striploin (300 grams)
........................................2,100
Salsa tartufato mash potatoes and baked onion au gratin
CONTOURNO (Side Dishes)
Comes with complimentary sides up to 4pax (for 1kilo rib eye) of:
........................................
..........Rosemary bacon potatoes
 ........ Baked onion gratin
Carni Filleto Tagliata (200 grams) 1,250
Wagyu tenderloin with salsa tartufato mash; roasted grapes, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms.
New Zealand Lamb Chops 995
With Italian vegetable Rissoni, mint pesto.
DOLCE (Sweet)
L'Incontro's Special Cheesecake
...................................................280
..........Belgian White Chocolate
 ........ Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Bar
..........Gorgonzola with Candied Walnuts
Formaggio En Fruit Piatto 520
Caramelized Camembert with dried fruit and nuts, gorgonzola with honey and walnuts.
Chocolate Crepes 295
With mango flambee.
Dessert Pizza 320
With Nutella, fresh strawberries, and muscarpone
Tiramisu 255
Panna Cotta 240
Assorted Gelato 170
Cacao (sugar free), Pistachio, Limone Sorbet, Menta, Strawberry, Vaniglia, Nocciola (Hazelnut)
Affugato Special 340
(Espresso shot, hazelnut gelato and Amaretto Liqueur with biscotti)


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11 comments:

# | Miss `Chievous said...

As usual, a very well done review. Love the ambiance of this ristorante! 

# | Tin | The Average Jane said...

Very nice.  =)

# | michymichymoo said...

Woah! This is kinda pricey! :) My favorite Italian resto is Buon Giorno, but will definitely try that if I have an extra money to spare. :)

# | richiez168 said...

Scallopine Saltimbocca looks yummy :D

# | Aileen A. said...

Aww, thanks so much! I love the ambiance too, try to visit them sometime ;)

# | Aileen A. said...

Indeed! XD

# | Aileen A. said...

Pricey, yes! But for me, it's worth the money if ever. Checked your post out, and I guess I'll try this one and see if my favorite Italian restaurant will be replaced. Haha! My favorite Italian resto by the way is L'Opera which is located at the Fort :)

# | Aileen A. said...

And it was! ;D My companion actually wanted to eat this more than what he had chosen. LOL.

# | Sumi Go said...

All these food look so yummy! So sad I wasn't able to catch this deal on DealGrocer.. >.< Di bale, I'll definitely be on the lookout for another L’Incontro deal. Di afford if I'll be dining here ala carte.. >.<

# | Aileen A. said...

I remember how this was sold out agad! Haha, I was just lucky that I happened to be online when they launched it. And well yes, the price is hefty; compared to L'Opera (which is my fave Italian resto), L'Incontro is way more expensive. XD

# | tndcallphilippines said...

wow. all look sooo delicioso!

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