• Italian Foods You Won’t Find In Italy
    Italian food is a favorite all across the United States and even the world. However, those Italian dishes can vary quite a bit. When the first wave of Italian immigrants came to America, they couldn't get many of the ingredients they used back home, so they have to improvise. Many of the "Italian" staples you see in Italian restaurants across the U.S. have never seen the light of day in the land that inspired it. While you may not see any of these dishes in Italy, you can definitely find them at your Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant.1. Spaghetti and MeatballsYou can't go to an Italian restaurant in America without seeing this staple on the menu. However, you won't be able to find spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant in Italy because it was invented in America. While Italians do enjoy their spaghetti and they do love meatballs, they don't eat them together. Typically, in Italy, meatballs are served on their own.2. Garlic BreadItalian dishes are traditionally much lighter on garlic than their American counterparts. Since Italy is all ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-02-17
  • Crazy About Pizza!
    February 9 has been declared National Pizza Day! Whether you enjoy your pie hand tossed or with a thin crust, we can all agree that pizza is the best. Have you ever wondered where pizza came from? We have a whole month, day and week that celebrates it, but how much do we know about pizza? Your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks did some research and we have the answers! In honor of National Pizza Day, here is a little history of one of our favorite menu item.History of PizzaLike many other dishes, the origin of pizza is uncertain. While many people think of pizza as an Italian creation, pizza can be dated back to the Ancient Greeks. They would cook flatbread in mud ovens and top it with oils, herbs, spices and dates. Tomatoes haven't been discovered at that time, and they wouldn't have used them as we do today.Eventually, this flatbread creation made its way to Italy, where it begins to resemble the pizza that we know today. They were sold on the street ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-02-08
  • 🏈 3 Ways To Spend Super Bowl Sunday With Li’l Rizzo’s 🏈
    With the biggest football game of the season happening this weekend, it's important to make sure you celebrate it in style. It's all about friends, football and food, and Li'l Rizzo's is here to help you out. This Sunday, February 5 the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons face off in Super Bowl LI. There are many ways to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, and here are just a few ways you can spend it with Li'l Rizzo's.1. Join Us At Our Osage Beach LocationWatching football just isn't the same unless you have a cold one in your hand. At Li'l Rizzo's, you can choose from several draft choices and nearly 15 bottle varieties to choose from, so a cold one is never far away. In addition to our wide beer selection, we also have a fully stocked bar! Watch your favorite team and enjoy a tasty drink at the best sports bar at the Lake of the Ozarks. At Li'l Rizzo's, we take Happy Hour very seriously and on Sundays, our Happy Hour specials are available all day! Luckily for ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-02-02
  • Join Li’l Rizzo’s For Mardi Gras Pub Crawl 2017!!
    Saturday, February 18, Li'l Rizzo's is celebrating Mardi Gras! Grab your masks and beads because the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is participating in the annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. There are 17 stops at this year's event and Li'l Rizzo's couldn't be more excited to be one of them. Mardi Gras Pub CrawlSaturday, February 18Buses Run From 4:00 PM - 2:30 AM$10The 2017 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will bring you a night full of live music, exciting fun, plus, a safe ride to get you to all the great locations, including the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. For just $10, you get a wristband that provides you an all-access pass to the 17 participating venues and a ride to get you there. There's no need to drink and drive when Mardi Gras Pub Crawl buses will be making a continuous loop between all 17 participating venues and all participating hotels/motels on the pub crawl route.Mardi Gras Pub Crawl WeekendFriday, February 17The i-Berrys from 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.Saturday, February 18Contagious from 9:00 p.m. ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-01-27
  • Great Specials at Li’l Rizzo’s!
    With gourmet pizza, pasta, world famous house salad and legendary service, there are many reasons to enjoy a meal at Li'l Rizzo's. In addition to our amazing food and service, we also have great specials throughout the week from wing specials to the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks. Keeping reading to learn more about the specials that Li'l Rizzo's offers.Happy Hour Join us for the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. During Happy Hour at Li'l Rizzo's, you can enjoy specials on drink specials and all your favorite appetizers at half price! From our delicious spinach, green chili & jalapeno dip to the traditional bruschetta, all of our mouthwatering appetizers are half priced during Lake of the Ozarks best Happy Hour!Sunday Happy HourOn Sundays, Happy Hour at Li'l Rizzo's last all day long! That's right! Enjoy drink specials and half-priced appetizers all day long on Sundays. Here are our appetizers that you can enjoy during Happy Hour:Spinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno DipCreamy, cheesy dip with spinach, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-01-20
  • What We’re Craving During National Pizza Week!
    The second week of January is recognized as National Pizza Week. While it's always pizza week at the Lake of the Ozarks best pizzeria, we wanted to take some time to let you know what we have been craving this week. The winter months are the perfect time warm up by enjoying a hot slice of delicious pizza, and at Li'l Rizzo's we have lots of different pizzas to choose from and you can even create your own!The heart of any pizza is the dough. At the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, we make ours from scratch using un-bromated, unbleached flour, due to health concerns surrounding Potassium bromate. Fine sea salt for its intense, clean flavor and EVOO because it creates a smoother texture and more tender dough. Topped with hand-cut, fresh vegetables, premium meats and the finest cheeses we think you will taste the difference.Available At Li'l Rizzo's In Lake OzarkSupremePepperoni, sausage, mushroom, onion, bacon and black olives.Macho MeatPepperoni, sausage, hamburger, bacon & Canadian bacon.VeggieMushroom, tomato, onion and green bell peppers.HawaiianPineapple, Canadian bacon and green bell ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2017-01-13
  • Celebrate National Spaghetti Day At Li’l Rizzo’s!
    January 4 is National Spaghetti Day and there is nothing the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks loves more than a delicious bowl of spaghetti. Whether it's topped with meat sauce or with a bunch of delicious, fresh ingredients, there are many ways to enjoy spaghetti. Check out these fun facts about spaghetti to celebrate National Spaghetti Day.Fun Facts About Spaghetti- The Chinese have been eating pasta since 5,000 B.C.- October is National Pasta Month!- Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing pasta to America after he fell in love with a dish he had in Naples.- The first pasta factory in America opened in 1848 in Brooklyn, NY. The machinery was operated by one horse in the basement and the pasta was sun dried on the roof.- Al dente means "to the tooth," which is how to test pasta to see if it is properly cooked. The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.- The Italian eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year, while the average person in North America ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-12-31
  • Italian New Year’s Eve Traditions
    The year is coming to a close and the team at Li'l Rizzo's is excited for what the new year has to offer. 2016 was an excellent year and there were lots of good times here at the Lake of the Ozarks. Although this year is ending, a new year is beginning and the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is looking forward to all that 2017 is going to bring. If you are wanting to ring in the New Year the Italian way, here are six traditions from Italy that are done on the last day of the year.1. Food For Good FortuneAs with most Italian festivities, food plays an important part in the New Year celebrations. Similarly to Christmas, families typically get together for a large meal to ring in the new year. The star of the meal is the lentils, which symbolizes money and good fortune for the coming year. In addition to lentils, in many parts of Italy, they will also serve cotechino, which is a large spiced sausage, or zampone, which is a ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-12-29
  • Celebrate Christmas Like An Italian!
    Christmas is a very big holiday in Italy and Italians celebrate with lots of unique Christmas traditions. While some off the traditions are the same in the United States, there are several that are unique to their culture. The best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks takes a look at how Italians celebrate the Christmas season, so you can join in on some of the fun traditions.1. The Beginning Of The Christmas SeasonWhile usually, Black Friday is the beginning of the Christmas season in America, in Italy, Christmas officially kicks off with the Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8. This is the day when decorations go up, both on the streets and inside homes, and when some Christmas markets begin. This holiday is both religious and state-sanctioned, which means a lot of offices and businesses close on December 8. However, this date doesn't have to do with the day of Mary's conception. Instead, it celebrates the day when the Church decided that Mary was born without having the stain of original sin.2. The Eight ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-12-21
  • What’s Your Favorite Pizza Topping?
    Pizza is one of the most popular comfort foods and people just can't seem to get enough of it. There are so many toppings to choose from and everyone has their favorite. A study was conducted by Harris Poll to find out a little bit more about the average American's pizza preferences. They surveyed 2,193 U.S. adults online for five days and asked them what their favorite topping was, what style of crust they preferred, what beverage they like to drink with their pizza and where to find the best pizza (however, I think we know where to find the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks). Here is what Li'l Rizzo's has found out about people's pizza preferences.Most Popular Pizza ToppingsIt may be no surprise that pepperoni is America's number one pizza topping followed by sausage. Mushrooms came in at number three and surprisingly cheese/plain pizza came in at number four. Next is onions at number five and olives at number six. Bacon dropped in at number seven and ham/Canadian bacon and pineapple tied at number eight. Finally ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-12-14
  • Testimonials For The Best Italian Restaurant At The Lake!
    The truth is, you can get pizza and pasta at a lot of places these days. That's why our mission is to become your favorite restaurant. Li'l Rizzo's offers some of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! It's our goal to provide our guests with delicious, homemade meals that features fresh ingredients - you will be able to tell the difference! Don't just take our word for it, though, check out some of the reviews our wonderful guests have left for us.“Favorite place to eat at the lake”"We always eat at Rizzo's when we visit Osage Beach. Great atmosphere, staff friendly and welcoming. Since Rizzo's is NOT a chain, the food is the real star here..........excellent every time!!!!!!!!" ~ elovestheman Excelsior Springs, MO "Love Pizza!""Looked at the menu online as I was going to order take-out. You can, also, order online! Large variety of very tasty looking items such as pizza, soups, salads, pasta's, sandwiches etc. but, since I was focused on a good pizza, I went right there. Huge fan of thin crust and variety of items. ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-12-06
  • Let Li’l Rizzo’s Cater Your Holiday Party!
    December is full of different holidays, from Christmas to New Years, there are many different parties that you may be attending or hosting yourself. If you are hosting a party or need to bring an item to one that you are attending, make it easy on yourself and let the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks do the hard work for you. Our delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks will put your holiday gathering over the top. From savory appetizers to delicious pastas, your guests will be sure to go for seconds.AppetizersToasted Ravioli (50/100 pcs.) - $29.95/$49.95Wings (48) - $44.95Garlic Toast (20 pcs.) - $8.95Spinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno Dip - $19.95Meatballs 912) - $49.95Salad1/2 Pan (12 side salads) - $35.95Full Pan (24 side salads) - $54.95PastasA 1/2 pan of pasta feeds 7 - 10 people, while a full pan of pasta feeds 8 - 20 people. Lasagna (9/18 servings) - $79.95/$139.95Roasted Garlic Chicken - $49.95/$89.95Spaghetti and Meatballs (5/10 meatballs) - $49.95/$89-.95Spaghetti and Italian Sausage (5/10 sausages) - $49.95/$89.95Baked Mostacioli - $39.95/$69.95Spaghetti with Meatsauce - ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-11-30
  • Surviving Black Friday With Li’l Rizzo’s
    Black Friday is one of the best days to get your holiday shopping completed. Many stores are offering one-day-only sales or extending their "Black Friday" deals to all week or month long, so it is the best time to shop. After stuffing yourself full of turkey, you may be making your way to your favorite stores to find the best deals on the gifts your family has been wanting. To make sure you get the best Black Friday shopping experience, Li'l Rizzo's has a few tips to consider before heading out this Friday.1. Create A Game PlanMake a list, check it twice and stick to it. Black Friday ads have expanded beyond the traditional Sunday circulars. Many stores have their Black Friday deals online, so take advantage of this. Do your research and figure out which stores have what's on your wishlist. Once you get in the stores, the craziness of Black Friday may get overwhelming, so having a list that you can stick to will make sure that you don't forget anything - or overspend.2. The Earlier, The BetterIf you feel ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-11-22
  • Two Great Locations!
    Whether you're in Osage Beach or Lake Ozarks, you can enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! Li'l Rizzo's has two amazing locations, both serving up your favorite dishes. Each of our locations provides a unique Italian atmosphere, which is sure to make a great dining experience. In addition, both of our restaurants have multiple TVs, so it's the best place to enjoy a delicious Italian meal and watch the game.The Best View at the Lake!2146 Horseshoe Bend PkwyLake Ozark, MO 65049573-365-3003Li'l Rizzo's opened up their Horseshoe bend location in 1990 and was an instant success! The Horseshoe Bend location is a smaller and has a more intimate setting, which is perfect for renting out for parties and events. From the beautiful view of the Lake from the outdoor patio to the bar that serves up the best drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks, Li'l Rizzo's has something for everyone. Although the best place to enjoy the view is from the outdoor patio, during the off-season, you can still enjoy that breathtaking view while dining ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-11-17
  • Men in the Woods, Women at the Mall!
    The temperatures are beginning to drop and Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, which means that it's time to start your holiday shopping! The Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect shopping destination with places like target, Kohl's, local boutiques and the Osage Beach Premium Outlet. When you are out shopping for your loved ones, take a break and enjoy a delicious meal at the Lake of the Ozarks best Italian restaurant.Li'l Rizzo's Osage Beach location is right across the street from the 110-store outlet mall, so it is the perfect place to enjoy lunch while out on a shopping trip. While the men are in the woods this weekend hunting, women can be hunting for the best deals this holiday weekend! Osage Beach Premium Outlet MallStart the giving season with Osage Beach Premium Outlet Mall. You can find extraordinary deals from all your favorite name brand stores including Adidas, American Eagle, Ann Taylor, Kay Jewelers, Levi's, Loft, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armor, Yankee Candle and more! For holiday shopping that's always worth the trip, visit Osage Beach Premium Outlets. Deer ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2016-11-09
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