• Watch the Game With Us!
    Fall is one of our favorite times here at the Lake of the Ozarks. While the fall foliage and scenery is beautiful, the fall season means that football is here! Now that football season is officially underway, it’s time for you to find that perfect place to watch your favorite team. Somewhere with a fun atmosphere, great drinks, and delicious food. At Lil Rizzo’s, we have just that! Whether you prefer college football or the NFL, the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to be! Let's face it, football brings out the food junkie in all of us.  It's not enough to simply watch the game, Li'l Rizzo's wants to have you over for dinner too! With the fan favorite appetizers like potato skins and mozzarella sticks ready to go, all you need to watch the kickoff is an ice cold draft beer.Cold Beer and Signature CocktailsFootball and beer go together like two peas in a pod. For some, watching football isn’t the same unless they have a cold one in their hand. At Li’l ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-09-14
  • It’s Here! All Day Happy Hour on Sunday is Back!
    You heard right! All day Happy Hour on Sundays at Lil Rizzo’s is back. Yes, you can still enjoy Happy Hour during the week after work, but now you can enjoy those same awesome deals all day on Sundays. What better way to end a great weekend than at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks? Before we take a look at the awesome deals available during all day Happy Hour, let's take a look at some Happy Hour fun facts and how it got us here.Happy Hour Fun FactsThe term Happy Hour first originated in the 1920s. It referred to the time when sailors in the Navy were away from their shifts. Their Happy Hour was a little different than the Happy Hour we experience today. Back then, it consisted of boxing or wrestling and didn't revolve around adult beverages as much. Happy Hour became popular during prohibition. When you tell someone they can’t have something, they usually end up wanting it more. Having cocktails before dinner wasn’t really a “thing” until prohibition came along.  Happy Hour is more ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-09-08
  • The Best Wines For Our Pastas
    There is nothing better than pasta and wine. However, we may be a little bias on that subject! While you can't really go wrong with pasta and wine, when you find that right combination, it can make your meal even better! When trying to select the perfect wine for your pasta, you actually have to pair it with the sauce. Here are a few of our favorite wine pairings you can find at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.Tomato-Based PastaTomato-based pasta dishes, such as our spaghetti or linguini marinara, are best with medium-bodied red wines like a Zinfandel. These sauces are powerful, high acid and are often blended with rich, red meats, so a middleweight body is the best options, as it won't over power the dish.Cheese PastaIt's hard to find a wine that won't pair well with cheese. However, full-bodied white and light-bodied red wines typically go well with pasta dishes that feature cheese, such as our lasagna and baked mostaccioli. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are two options that will really enhance the flavor of our ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-08-30
  • 3 Benefits Of Having Your Party Catered By Li’l Rizzo’s
    No matter the size of your event, we make party planning a little easier with our catering services. From weddings to office parties and everything in between, let Li'l Rizzo's provide you with top-notch catering at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy when you order catering from Li'l Rizzo's for your event.1. Your Guests Will Love ItWhen you have your party catered by Li'l Rizzo's, you can choose from delicious appetizers, your favorite pasta dishes and even meal combinations. The best part? Your guests will love it! We offer party size portions of some of our more popular dishes from the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Make your party stand out by having tasty options for your guest to enjoy.2. No Cooking For YouMake party planning easy and have us do all the hard work! Our Lake of the Ozarks catering service is perfect for any occasion! From holiday parties and weddings to business meetings and family reunions, our delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks is perfect ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-08-24
  • Bring The Whole Family To Li’l Rizzo’s!
    August is recognized as Family Fun Month, and there is no better way to top off a fun day with the family than a delicious meal at Li'l Rizzo's. Food and family are a central part of Italian culture. In fact, many family gatherings are centered around food. Our family friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for your next family gathering. Li'l Rizzo's offers a diverse menu that the whole family can enjoy. Check out a few of our favorites from the menu:Kid Approved!Our kid's menu is for kids 12 and under and includes Coca-Cola products, tea, milk or apple juice. Gummy Bear Pizza - 6-inch cheese pizza served with a side of gummy bearsChicken Tender & Fries - one 3 ounce hand breaded, deep fried chicken tender served with a side of homemade French fries. Spaghetti and Meat Sauce - Spaghetti noodles and our homemade meat sauce. Fettuccini Alfredo - Wide flat noodles served with our homemade Alfredo sauce.Cavatelli con Broccoli - Shell shaped noodles, mushrooms and broccoli in our homemade Alfredo sauce. A Side of Gummy Bears - Add a side of gummy bears to any ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-08-15
  • Get Ready For School With Li’l Rizzo’s!
    Many schools across the nation are starting back up this month! Both Osage Beach and Camdenton both start school on August 21. With just over a week to go, we want to help you get prepared and make sure you start school off on the right foot. Here are a few things that can help you with the 2017/2018 school year!Get School SuppliesBetween notebooks, pencils, folders and textbooks, your child will be carrying around a lot, so make sure they have a good backpack that can hold all the necessities. Most schools will let you know what each grade needs and some times teachers will have specific items they want their students to have.Get Plenty of RestAlthough it was fun staying up late this summer, it's time to get back to a regular sleeping schedule. We want to make sure you're ready for the first day of school, and this begins with making sure you're getting enough sleep. Sleep is an important part of your physical health, and it also helps with making sure you can pay attention in school. A ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-08-10
  • The Quackiest Event Of The Year!
    The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop is this weekend, and Li'l Rizzo's is proud to be a sponsor of this year's event. This quacky annual event will be taking place both Friday, August 4 & August 5. This is a great way to have fun with the family and give back to our community. All proceeds from this event stay locals to help community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters. Li'l Rizzo's has all the information you need about this year's event and how you can participate!Photo Credit: Great Dam Duck Drop FacebookQuacky Golf TournamentFriday, August 4Lunch & Check-in at 11:30AM1:00 PM Shotgun StartThis year, Li'l Rizzo's is getting involved with Duck Drop by being a hole sponsor for the one-of-a-kind quacky golf tournament. The 5th annual Duck Drop Golf Tournament features quacky twists like crazy holes and fun obstacles placed around the course to test your game. All proceeds from the golf tournament benefit Kiwanis and Big Brother Big Sister. Although the early bird sign up has ended, there is still time to register for the golf tournament.Entry to ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-08-03
  • The Most Delicious Day Of The Year!
    Saturday, July 29 is National Lasagna Day! To celebrate, we wanted to take a look at the history of this delicious, traditional Italian dish. However, it's origins might surprise you! Before you come into Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant to satisfy your cravings for lasagna, let's look into the history of it.Not So Traditional ItalianAlthough lasagna can be found at nearly every Italian restaurant, it technically didn't originate in Italy as you may have thought. Its history can be traced way back to Ancient Greece. The name Lasagna, or "Lasagne" is derived from the Greek word 'Laganon,' which is the first known form of pasta. However, Laganon was not a traditional lasagna as we know it today with traditional Italian ingredients, but it was composed of layers of pasta and sauce. It was named for the method in which it was made, not for the ingredients.Modern Day LasagnaWhile Italy may not have been the inventors of this layered dish, they certainly can be credited for perfecting it! The lasagna dish that we know and love today made its ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-07-27
  • The Italian History of Amaretto
    The importation of Amaretto to the United States didn't occur until the 1960s, however, once it came to the States, it quickly became a hit! Whether as a mixer in cocktails or in food preparation, people couldn't get enough of this almond flavored liqueur. While you may be able to guess it came from Italy from the Italian sounding name, Amaretto has a very old and interesting history.What is Amaretto?The word Amaretto is actually Italian for "a little bitter." It's a unique liqueur with an almond flavor, however, it doesn't always contain almonds. When Amaretto is made, the standard base of the liqueur is made from either apricot pits or almonds or both. Like many other spirits, it may contain a number of added spices or flavorings. If almonds are not used, the flavor is achieved through apricot kernel oil, burnt sugar and a variety of spices.Its Italian OriginsAmaretto is the liqueur of love that was first produced in Saronno, Italy. While this liqueur is often associated with the little Italian cookies that are flavored Amaretto, its history goes much, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-07-20
  • 5 Reasons You NEED To Visit Li’l Rizzo’s
    Although Li'l Rizzo's has been a staple at the Lake of the Ozarks for a while, we still get new visitors coming into our two restaurants regularly. If you haven't had a chance to try our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant (or if you just need a reminder), here are 5 reasons to come visit us soon!1. Homemade Italian FoodWe know there are a lot of places that serve pizza and pasta, that's why our mission is to become your favorite restaurant. How do we do that exactly? With gourmet pizza, pasta, world famous salad, and of course, legendary service. When we say gourmet, we mean the fresh ingredients, the secret hand-crafted recipes and the love we put into every dish. You will really be able to tell the difference!2. Tasty Specialty Cocktails In addition to our homemade food, we also have a fully stocked bar, which allows our bartenders to serve up almost anything you can think of. However, if you're not feeling creative, no worries! We have a full menu of tasty, specialty cocktails. Check out our blog ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-07-13
  • 10 Things You May Not Have Known About Pasta!
    At Li'l Rizzo's, there is no denying that we LOVE pasta, whether it's being twirled on a fork or baked in lasagna. On average, Americans eat about 19 pounds of pasta per person per year according to the National Pasta Association. However, Italians consume about 56 pounds of pasta per year. Despite our love of these noodles, how much do we know about them? Li'l Rizzo's has 10 interesting facts about pasta you may not have known about.1. Al dente keeps you full longer. When pasta is cooked al dente, which means "to the tooth" or "to the bite," it takes longer to digest. Not only will this keep you fuller longer, it also helps the pasta keep your blood sugar levels more stable.2. There is a method to pasta shapes and sauces. The reasons why there are so many shapes of pasta is that the weight, texture, and shape all contribute to the way that it holds onto sauce. Basically, certain pasta shapes are better with certain sauces than others. Creamy sauces are better with long, flat pasta like ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-07-06
  • 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
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