• National Dairy Month – The Italian Way
    National Dairy Month is observed every year in June. We can't think of a better way to celebrate than enjoying a big plate of pasta topped with delicious cheese at the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. There are so many wonderful items that include dairy like cheese, milk, ice cream, whipped cream, Alfredo sauce and more. Li'l Rizzo's has taken a look at the history of National Dairy Month and some tasty ways you can enjoy it.National Dairy MonthIn 1937, before there was National Dairy Month, there was National Milk Month, as a way to promote drinking milk. National Milk Month was created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus. However, it has now developed into an annual tradition to celebrate the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world after the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause. Because the month celebrated the dairy industry as a whole, the name was changed to National Dairy Month. There are many great benefits you can enjoy from dairy. From calcium and potassium, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-06-28
  • Osage Beach Li’l Rizzo’s 20th Anniversary
    This week, Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. We opened the doors to our Osage Beach location June 23, 1997, and have been serving the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks there ever since. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Osage Beach location, we're taking a look at how Li'l Rizzo's began.Li'l Rizzo's - The BeginningCarol Borders moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1985 and opened the original Rizzo's Restaurant located on Bagnell Dam Blvd. Rizzo's was an instant success and one of the only restaurants to stay open throughout the winter. The original Rizzo's was remodeled in 1991 and reopened as Maggie Mae's.In 1987, a second location was added at the corner of HWY 54 and State Route KK. This new store was a more casual version of the original restaurant and offered pizzas and sandwiches, so it was named Li'l Rizzo's. This located remained open until 1989.A third location opened in 1990 on State Road HH (Horseshoe Bend Parkway). Once Li'l Rizzo's was up and running, it no ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-06-22
  • An Italian Father’s Day
    Father's Day is Sunday, June 18 and Li'l Rizzo's wants to wish all the Dads out there a Happy Father's Day! La Famiglia, family, is very important to Italians and Father's Day is an occasion to remember the key role fathers play in it, and also an occasion to enjoy a delicious Italian meal, of course. For this special occasion, Li'l Rizzo's has taken a closer look at how Italians celebrate Father's Day, and we also have a special promotion just for Dads! (Make sure to read until the end!)How Italians Celebrate Father's DayItaly is deeply rooted in its Catholic traditions, so many feasts and festivals revolve around religious events and Father's Day is no exception. Father's Day in America is traditionally celebrated in June. However, in Italy, it's celebrated on March 19, which is Saint Joseph's day, the father of Jesus Christ. This day has transformed into a day to celebrate all fathers in Italy. There are many local customs associated with this day including children writing special cards, poems and nursery rhymes to give their fathers. In addition, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-06-16
  • Refreshing Summer Cocktails at Li’l Rizzo’s 🍹
    At the Lake of the Ozark, summer has officially arrived. The weather is getting warmer and boats are filling the Lake. If you need a break from all the fun in the sun, head on over to Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant! From delicious lunches and dinner to refreshing summer cocktails, there are many great reasons to stop on by. One of our favorite ways to spend a summer day is by grabbing one of those cocktails from the bar and head to the deck to cool off, watch the boat drive on by and enjoy time with friends and family. Here are just a few of our specialty drinks that we think you would enjoy this summer.Adult Cherry LimeadeCherry vodka, triple sec, lime juice, grenadine, sprite.Blue SkyVodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, sprite.Chambord Margarita1800 silver tequila, Chambord sweet & sour, lime juiceDragon Berry BurstBacardi dragon berry, sprite, grenadine, sweet & sour.Electric LizardMalibu, melon liqueur, sprite, sweet & sour, lime juice.Fish BowlRaspberry Vodka, sweet & sour, Malibu, pineapple juice, blue curacao, sprite.Lake WaterMalibu, Blue Curacao, pineappleItalian MargaritaSugar rim, amaretto, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-06-09
  • What’s New at Li’l Rizzo’s
    Recently, Li'l Rizzo's in Lake Ozarks went through a major renovation. We worked hard adding new updates inside and outside of the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you haven't been in yet to check out the new updates for yourself, here is what we did.New BathroomsBefore, our bathrooms had tile, fixtures and stalls that were original to the building, so we completely updated everything. New tile, new vanities, new stalls, and made it flow seamlessly with the rest of the restaurant. Our bathrooms now have a little bit of Italy and are more updated and modern.New Bar AreaOur brand new bar area is more open and has a more modern feel. It features a beautiful granite countertop, as well as a new foot railing. For the ladies, we also added purse hangers, so you no longer have to drape your purse over your chair or place it on the floor. We've opened up the bar area so you can enjoy Happy Hour with your friends more comfortably.New Deck AreaAfter working on the remodeling inside, we ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-06-02
  • Visit Li’l Rizzo’s This Memorial Day Weekend
    Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and many people are heading to the Lake of the Ozarks to spend the long weekend. If you're visiting the area this weekend, we hope you stop by Li'l Rizzo's for some of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should plan to visit Li'l Rizzo's this Memorial Day Weekend.The Best Of Both WorldsLi'l Rizzo's has two locations - one in Osage Beach and one in Lake Ozarks. No matter where you are staying you can easily swing on into Li'l Rizzo's. At Li'l Rizzo's in Lake Ozarks, enjoy a smaller and more intimate setting. When the weather the nice, enjoy sitting on the newly remodeled outdoor deck or head to the bar to enjoy some of the best drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our Osage Beach location is larger and has tons of indoor seating, and is conveniently located next to the Osage Beach Premium Outlets.Bring The Whole FamilyMemorial Day Weekend is the perfect opportunity to spend time ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-05-26
  • 5 Reasons To Throw A Pizza Party 🍕
    Did you know that Friday, May 19 is National Pizza Party Day? At Li'l Rizzo's, we LOVE helping you celebrate any occasion with a delicious pizza pie.  If you're not sure how to celebrate Pizza Party Day, Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurants has 5 reasons why you should throw a pizza party.1. Celebrate A BirthdayHaving pizza for a birthday party is almost as necessary has the cake, especially when it's the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks! The birthday boy or girl will love a specialty pizza from Li'l Rizzo's for their special day. Whether you're enjoying the day at home or you visit us, there is no better way to celebrate a birthday than with a Li'l Rizzo's pizza.2. Congratulate A GraduatePlanning a party can be a bit stressful, especially when it is celebrating a milestone, like a graduating high school or college. Make it easy and let Li'l Rizzo's help you with the food. Teens and young adults love their pizza and it's a great way to celebrate their accomplishment and the start of the ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-05-18
  • Italian Mother’s Day Traditions
    In Italy, la mamma is the foundation of the home and is celebrated by her family all year round. However, on the second Sunday of May, mothers are showered with flowers, gifts and poems for La Festa della Mamma. Whether your mother is Italian or just LOVES Italian food, Li'l Rizzo's has a few Mother's Day traditions so you can join in on the fun.History of the Italian Mother's DayWhile Mother's Day in the U.S. was recognized as a holiday in the U.S. in 1914, the first official Mother's Day celebration in Italy didn't take place until 1957. In the city os Assisi, Father Otello Migliosi, from the village of Tordibetto, promoted this special day for Mothers. He said it should be a day to celebrate women and their contribution to family and community life. It was so popular that the following year, a petition was presented to parliament and the second Sunday in May was declared officially as "La Festa della Mamma."An Italian Mother's DayWhile Mother's Day is a special holiday in Italy, it is not as commercialized as it is ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-05-11
  • What To Expect From The BEST Catering at the Lake
    From small events to large, it's always much easier when you plan to have your event catered rather than trying to do it all yourself. At Li'l Rizzo's, we've made the planning easier for you by providing top-notch catering at the Lake of the Ozarks, with fantastic food and even better service. Here is a sneak peek at our delicious catering menu!Easy To OrderAt Li'l Rizzo's. we make it easy to enjoy delicious Italian food during your event. Whether it's a wedding or a business meeting, you can always expect great service when you have your event catered by Li'l Rizzo's. To speak with a friendly catering specialist call 573-348-3600 or email kim@lilrizzos.com.Delicious FoodOur catering menu features delicious appetizers, your favorite pastas and even meal combinations. Create a menu your guests will LOVE! From appetizers to desserts, we have it all. We offer party size portions of some of your favorite dishes from the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Check out just a few of the delicious items you can have at your next event:APPETIZERSTOASTED RAVIOLI ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-05-04
  • All About Shrimp Scampi
    Shrimp Scampi is a staple in many Italian restaurants (including Li'l Rizzo's!), but what exactly is scampi and how did it become such a popular menu item? In honor of Shrimp Scampi Day (April 29), your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks went into the history of this delicious dish and our favorite way to prepare it, so you can come in and celebrate this weekend.What Is Scampi?Scampi are tiny, lobster-like crustaceans with pale pink shells (also called langoustines.) In Italy, they're traditionally prepared by sauteeing them with olive oil, garlic, onion and white wine. When Italians came to the United States, shrimp was swapped for scampi, but the dish kept both names. Scampi in the United States is now just associated with the seafood dish.Shrimp Scampi Around The WorldShrimp Scampi is prepared differently depending on what region you are in. Here are a few of the different ways the same dish is prepared.United StatesIn the United States, shrimp are broiled or sauteed and served with garlic, butter and wine. A popular variation of this dish is ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-04-27
  • Happy National Garlic Day!
    April 19 is National Garlic Day, and while it may not be anything more than a calendar day created for fun, Li'l Rizzo's is happy to celebrate! From pizzas to pastas and everything in between, garlic can bring the recipe together. At Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant, we have several menu items that feature this celebrated vegetable.Appetizers Garlic Cheese Bread - Sliced French bread topped with butter and a blend of mozzarella and Provel cheese.Traditional Bruschetta - Sliced French bread topped with butter and a parmesan, basil, garlic and olive oil spread, finished with diced tomato and green onions.Portobello Mushrooms - Sliced Portobello mushrooms sauteed in a Worcestershire-based sauce with garlic, butter and green onions.Specialty Pizza Buffalo Chicken - Brushed olive oil, Provel cheeses, roasted garlic chicken, bacon and red onion. Drizzled with our original wing sauce.BBQ Chicken - Tangy BBQ sauce, Mozzarella cheese, roasted garlic chicken, red onion and bacon.The Sicilian - Red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs and chopped garlic.Southwest BBQ - Brushed olive oil, roasted garlic chicken, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno and mozzarella cheese. Drizzled ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-04-19
  • 4 Ways To Stay In Touch with Li’l Rizzo’s
    From those visiting the Lake of the Ozarks to locals, we love getting to know our guests. We appreciate you taking the time our of your busy schedule to join us for a meal or drinks. Your favorite Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant wants to keep you updated with everything going on at our two locations. From events to special deals, we have a lot going on! Here's how you can stay in touch with the best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.1. Social MediaFrom Facebook to Google+, Li'l Rizzo's is on them all! We're regularly updating your newsfeed with delicious pictures of some of our favorite menu items and keeping you in the loop with the fun events going on at Li'l Rizzo's. Yes, you can even find special promo codes floating around our social media channels too! Here are all the social media platforms you can find Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant: FacebookLake Ozark: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lil-Rizzos/106681832687353Osage Beach: https://www.facebook.com/LilRizzosItalianRestaurant Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilrizzos LinkedIn: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/104358283956448474438/104358283956448474438 Google PlusLake Ozark: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/104358283956448474438/104358283956448474438Osage Beach: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/117556978549058952372/+LilRizzosOsageBeach 2. e-NewslettersIf you're looking for even more information about what's going on at ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-04-12
  • The Best Of Our Two Locations
    Li'l Rizzo's has two amazing locations - one in Osage Beach and one in Lake Ozark. No matter which location you join us at, you will still enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Each location provides a unique Italian atmosphere, which is sure to make for a great dining experience. Check out what we think makes our two locations special.Li'l Rizzo's Lake OzarkBeautiful Lake ViewsThe most popular feature of our Lake Ozark location has to be the beautiful view of the Lake of the Ozarks. The outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy dinner or cocktails while gazing out onto the Lake. However, even if the weather gets a bit chilly, you can still enjoy the beautiful views from our inside dining area. Intimate LocationLi'l Rizzo's on Horseshoe Bend is a smaller location, which provides a more intimate setting - making it a great spot for date night! If you are wanting a place for parties or event, look no further than the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Because our Lake ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-04-06
  • Benefits Of Eating Out As A Family!
    For many families, going out to eat is a regular occurrence. For others, it's a special treat that happens once in a while. No matter which category you fall into, there are many great benefits to dining out as a family. It's important to sit at a table as a family for a delicious meal for a variety of reasons, especially in today's chaotic and fast-paced society. Here are just a few of the reasons your family should visit Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant for a meal together.Try Something NewIt's good for kids to have new experiences! While your child may not order anything new for themselves, they may have a bite - or two - of your dish. Opportunities like this can help them learn to keep and open mind and try something new without having to risk anything big. If you have older kids, everyone can order something different and everyone can share, which allows everyone to try something they wouldn't have ordered otherwise.Distraction Free Family TimeWith everyone having a busy schedule, it can be tough sometimes ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-03-31
  • What Can Li’l Rizzo’s Cater?
    When you are throwing the best event at the Lake, you'll want to make sure you're providing the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks as well. At Li'l Rizzo's, we take pride in the food we serve in our restaurant, as well as the food we provide in our Do It Yourself catering at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you thought the food in our restaurant was delicious, you've got to try it catered! Here are just a few of the many events Li'l Rizzo's can cater.Family ReunionMake your next family get together even better with catering from the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. At Li'l Rizzo's we offer something that everyone in the family will love. From our homemade lasagna to our mouthwatering tiramisu, you can please everyone with catering from Li'l Rizzo's!Birthday PartiesThere's no better way to celebrate your birthday than with catering from your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! We have a delicious chocolate cake that's dying to have some candles adorn it. Make party planning ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-03-22
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