• Cater Your Fall Event With Li’l Rizzo’s
    No matter how small or large your event is, it is much easier when you plan to have your event catered rather than cooking the food yourself. From delicious desserts to mouth-watering appetizers, we have your party covered with the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Your guests will be wanting more when you have your event catered by Li'l Rizzo's.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.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. Check out just a few of the delicious items you can have at your next event:Appetizers:Toasted RavioliWingsGarlic ToastSpinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno DipMeatballsPastas:LasagnaRoasted Garlic ChickenSpaghetti and MeatballsSpaghetti and Italian SausageBaked MostacioliSpaghetti ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-10-19
  • Calling All Pasta Lovers!
    Not only is October National Pizza Month, but it’s also National Pasta Month. Pasta is delicious, and oh so amazing! At Li'l Rizzo's, we love our pastas! In fact, we have about 20 dishes that feature pasta. With so many different styles, flavors and varieties, we were curious about the top styles. After extensive research and possibly extensive eating, the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is here with some of the most popular types of pasta. Angel HairThis long, thin noodle has a round shape. It's generally used with light sauces and vegetables, as well as traditional Italian sauces. It may resemble spaghetti, but it's finer. We personally LOVE Angel Hair at Li'l Rizzo's, and you'll find it in many of our pasta dishes!LasagnaLasagna comes from the Latin word for "pot" (lasanum). This long flat pasta is pretty popular in the scheme of pasta life. You'll find the lasagna pasta used in the lasagna dish, layered with sauce, meat, vegetables, and cheese. Yum! ManicottiManicotti is a "tube" pasta. It can be stuffed with a mixture of meats, cheese, and ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-10-12
  • Happy National Pizza Month!
    It's National Pizza Month and Lake of the Ozarks' favorite pizza place couldn't be more excited! We love pizza and we’re sure the readers of this blog do too. At Li’l Rizzo's, our pizza is made with handmade dough and fresh ingredients. From the finest meats and cheeses to the freshest vegetables, you will be able to tell the difference. If there’s one thing we’re passionate about, it’s food and we take pizza very seriously. It comes in so many flavors, sizes, and even shapes. Pizza is also completely customizable, from the crust to the toppings. You get exactly what you want. Check out these delicious options you can get at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and some fun facts to celebrate National Pizza Month.A Few Fun Facts Since 1987, October has been the national month for pizza.In the United States, pizza is a $44 billion-dollar industry.The first American cities to start selling pizza were New York, Boston, New Haven, Conn., and Trenton, N.J. All four of these cities had an influx of Southern Italian immigrants around the turn of the ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-10-05
  • National Drink Beer Day
    Today is National Drink Beer Day and we couldn’t think of a better way to end the week than with a cold one and the best Italian Food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Beer is one of those beverages that can go with just about anything. We highly recommend pairing it with one of our delicious pizzas. It can hold its own if you want to drink it by itself, or it can be the perfect accompaniment to a snack or meal. From appetizers to gourmet food, beer is a great addition. From bottled beer to draft beer, here at Li’l Rizzo’s, we have a great selection for you to choose from.National Drink Beer DayToast your favorite beer on September 28th because it’s National Drink Beer Day. As the Oktoberfest season comes to an end, National Drink Beer Day is a great reminder to enjoy this popular adult beverage. At Li'l Rizzo's we have a great selection of both bottled and draft beer. Come in and see for yourself! Our Specialty Pizzas to Pair Rizzo’s Margherita – brushed olive oil crust, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-09-28
  • How Do You Enjoy Li’l Rizzo’s?
    Life can be busy and unpredictable at times. Sometimes it's just not convenient to go sit down at a restaurant to eat. No problem! At Li’l Rizzo’s, we offer several different ways to get the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. No cooking and no dishes. It doesn’t get much better than that. Check out the different ways you can get the delicious food you crave! Order inMany of us spend a majority of our day on our cell phones. What better way to use your cell phone than to order some delicious Italian food for lunch or dinner? All you have to do is call in to one of our two Li’l Rizzo’s locations and place your order. Once your order is ready, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-09-22
  • 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
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