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Reviewed November 11, 2021

If you are looking for authentic Italian food and specialty cocktails, this is THE place in Hoffman Estates. Whether you are meeting for dinner with a group of friends/colleagues, or in need of a romantic night out, or looking for an inviting spot at the...bar to log onto the computer and catch up on your work, while indulging in a glass of wine and delicious happy hour appetizers, Incontro A Tavola checks all of the boxes. The entrees are exquisitely prepared. If you love spicy, "Rigatoni Calabrese" will please your palate; for comfort food on a chilly night a must is either the "Paccheri Tartufati," "Butternut Squash Manicotti" or "Risotto Funghi." Not super hungry? The meatballs or calamari appetizers will not disappoint. The staff is warm, inviting and knowledgeable about selections. A review would not be complete without giving praise to the mixologist, Frankie, who is top-notch! His engaging personality and unique flair for creating cocktails leaves a lasting impression. As a business traveler who is in town every week, I am proud to say I have become a regular patron. Bon appetite!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed April 11, 2021

I had the Linguine ai Frutti di Mare. The scallops were tender & tasty, and the plum tomato sauce was superb. My husband had the lasagna, and it was the best since our trip to Italy. Wine selection was great, and even the bread with...the parmesan cheese was excellent. This is our new go to restaurant for great Italian food.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed December 6, 2020

This has become my new favourite Italian restaurant in the area. The food is excellent and the restaurant is classy. White linen table cloths, heavy cutlery, gorgeous presentation on the entrees. And the prices are reasonable for the portions.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2020

our wedding anniversary - noted when we place our reservation- no bread, no follow up from our waitress after the meals were delivered by another member of the staff- food was decent but service left a lot to be desired.We will not be returning.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 1, 2020

We have struggled lately to find a good Italian restaurant that was well rounded; could do Pasta, Eggplant, Veal, Meatballs, Sauce well, we seem to always only get one or two of those. Then there is the service, inconsistent is the word that comes to...mind, generally speaking. However, our trip to Incontro A Tavola was exceptional. From first greet to last goodbye the staff was friendly and attentive; everyone. It was noticeable that the same level of service was being had at all the tables. Then, the food came; wow. I had the Short Rib and my wife had the Pasta, Meatballs and Italian Sausage; cooked perfect with amazing flavor. The Burrata app was just as amazing. We will be back!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 29, 2020

First visit there. We'll be back. Very nice Italian restaurant. Was recommended by a family member who had eaten there before. Very good service. Friendly. The food we had was delicious.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

Had a great lunch with relatives. They requested we eat there again! We agree wholeheartedly. Everyone loved what they had and want to come back and try other menu items.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 13, 2019 via mobile

We took our team of 10 to celebrate the year. We were seated fairly quickly but not one person came to our table for 25 minutes. Ok, things can get busy so that’s fine.. but after we ordered drinks it was another 20 minutes to...order appetizers. No meals were yet ordered so that added more time. Finally the meals came. After we finished the meals we sat and sat until finally the plates were cleared and we ordered deserts. Then coffee orders.. and another very long wait. Finally, 2.5 hours later we were ready for the bill.. but no one came. Finally, after we started to get up and get coats on which hit attention the bill arrived. It was unfortunate because the food was delicious. But the long waits at all stages of our meal was very disappointing.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019

Incontro A Tavola has been in the Arboretum for a few years, and has steadily improved in food quality since opening. The decor has always been very welcoming; contemporary, open and airy, nicely furnished bar, high top tables and comfy booths. But the food is...the reason for coming. All dishes are well conceived with that comfortable Italian American vibe. But it's the homemade pastas that to me sets this apart from many other good Italian places in the NW burbs. Well worth checking out!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 23, 2019 via mobile

We wanted a restaurant that wasn’t so bright and more romantic. That wasn’t so loud we couldn’t hear each other. We had not planned to come here but it was what we needed. It was nicely lit, delicious food, and live music. It is kind...of pricey. I believe we used a Groupon. Atmosphere was calm and fun. Our waitress was very nice and helpful. The portions were a good size. We would definitely go back.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

One of our favorite places to go. The food is always excellent and the service is top notch. The menu has lots of choices....always something for everyone, even my picky husband.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 20, 2019 via mobile

Food was okay for the price we paid, however the service was horrendous. Staff needs more training. Servers are gathering nearby the bar chatting about their personal lives. Very annoying when you're trying to have a meal. Management needs to change their attitude towards their...customers.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 18, 2019

Great service, tasty meals, variety of drinks,upscale restaurant and wonderful waiter and host. They give you bread and olives along with oil and cheese for dipping when you arrive.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

Four of us went to Incontro a Tavola when visiting family. We started with Mussels with a White sauce and the Arancini. Both were very good and there were a lot of mussels in the order so, sharing it among the four of us was...easy. I had the risotto that is served with sliced filet. When I asked for the steak rare the waiter asked what type of rare I wanted, blue or cold in the center or a little more cooked than that. What a great waiter to get that specific. When the risotto was served, the steak was cooked perfectly and the risotto was some of the best I have ever eaten -and I order it a lot. My husband said his salmon was really good as were the entees ordered by our dining companions. As you can see, I would highly recommend Incontro a Tavola.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 8, 2019 via mobile

Had a great experience here . Our waiter Christian was perfect very friendly and extremely helpful experience couldn’t have better

Date of visit: June 2019
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lilrox724
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Response from Allen21096 | Reviewed this property |
There were a couple of tables with kids. One had rather young children, the other was a bit above toddler age. I don't see a problem, there are different seating area, i.e. not in the bar, itself.
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Response from Charity D | Reviewed this property |
There was no dress code. I wore jeans; the couple next to my table were wearing more dressy clothes. Wear what makes you feel comfortable. I would suggest nothing with holes or graphic art.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5