• Fall, Football, and Fantastic Food!
    The fall season is here, and while we wait for the cooler temps and changing leaves, we can all rejoice that football is back in session! The kickoff is happening TONIGHT (Thursday, September 6th) at 8:20 pm, so if you don't have a place to watch the game at the Lake of the Ozarks, Li'l Rizzo's wants to personally invite you. There are a few things that have changed about the kickoff in 2018, so we're going to introduce you to the new rules this season - as well as a few different items on the menu that you'll want to enjoy while you're watching the game at Li'l Rizzo's!2018 Football Kickoff ScheduleThis week is the first of 17 for the NFL schedule. The kickoff is happening tonight at 8:20 PM between the Falcons and the Eagles. After that, you'll want to buckle your seatbelts for Sunday and Monday, because the day will be filled with games, and we want to see YOU at Li'l Rizzo's to watch.Sunday, September 9th1:00 PMBengals vs. ColtsBills vs. RavensBuccaneers vs. SaintsTexans vs. Patriots49ers vs. ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-09-06
  • 8 Most Popular Pizza Toppings
    Pizza is one of those foods that pretty much everyone loves! I mean just think about that cheesy goodness. Who wouldn't want that? The type of toppings to put on it though can often be a big debate. You've got the people who want to keep it simple and get just a cheese pizza. Then you've got the people who think that's boring and want to add every topping imaginable to the pizza. Then you've got those in between people who'd go for a nice meat lovers or a vegetarian option. So what toppings are actually the most popular? Keep reading to find out!8 Most Popular Pizza ToppingsOnline food delivery service Caviar recently conducted a survey among more than 20 US cities. Here's what American's say are their favorite pizza toppings:Pepperoni Sausage Garlic Olives MushroomsOnions Chicken Oregano Did your favorite topping make the cut? If not, that's okay, because at Li'l Rizzo's we have so many more toppings to offer you than just these. Li'l Rizzo's Pizza Toppings Our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks offers a wide variety of pizza toppings, from hand-cut, fresh vegetables to ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-08-23
  • Romance Awareness Month
    August is Romance Awareness Month. It was created to encourage couples to improve their relationships through romance all year long. Being aware of the romance in your relationship and working on ways to add more romance into your life is a win-win for both of you. Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. Below are a few ways to put some romance back into your relationship.1. Slip Your Partner a Love Note. Write little love notes to slip into your partners pocket or purse. These notes don't have to be elaborate. Even a simple "I love you," could really put a smile on your partner's face.2. Hold Hands Often. Whether you're sitting at home alone on the couch, cruising around in the car or walking through town, holding hands is a great way to feel closer to your partner.3. Watch a Romantic Movie Together. Sometimes all it takes is spending some quality time together, alone to spark a little romance. Switch off your phone, cuddle up for the evening and enjoy watching a romantic movie together.4. Bring Home Your Partner's Favorite ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-08-21
  • 7 Benefits of Ordering Takeout from Li’l Rizzo’s
    Who doesn't love the convenience of takeout food? We all have our reasons for why we want to order takeout, whether it's because we don't want to cook that night or we are just craving a certain dish from our favorite Lake of the Ozarks restaurant. Keep reading for a list of benefits of ordering takeout from Li'l Rizzo's.1. No Cooking is Required. The most obvious reason to order takeout is that you don't have to cook dinner yourself. There's no meal planning, trips to the grocery store to get a missing ingredient, food preparation, cooking or cleanup. Ordering takeout can easily save you the time and stress that it takes to get a meal on the table for your family at night. You had a long day at work, its getting late and you have no desire to spend hours in the kitchen. Ordering takeout from our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks only takes a few minutes. Just give us a call or order online! Then you can spend that extra time relaxing and enjoying the company ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-08-16
  • It’s Wine O’Clock
    Nothing pairs better with Italian food than a glass of wine! From a buttery Chardonnay to a plump Merlot, we've got something for every wine lover to enjoy at Li'l Rizzo's. Keep reading to learn some fun facts about this sophisticated beverage.21 Wine Fun Facts Wine has been around for centuries. It's an old and complex drink, with some fascinating stories. Sharpen your wine knowledge with these fun facts!1. Wine is made in virtually every country in the world. (However, some regions make much better wine than others.)2. Approximately 10,000 varieties of wine grapes exist worldwide.3. The color of the wine tells you about its geographical origin. Darker wines, like dark reds and yellow whites come from warmer climates, while light reds and pale whites come from cooler climates.4. Most European wines are named after their geographical region. For example, the Bordeaux wine is produced in the Bordeaux region of France. Non-European wines almost always have the name of the grape variety on the label. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon from California.5. Due to a natural chemical balance, grapes ferment without the ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-08-09
  • Football is Back!
    The time of year that we've all been waiting for is finally upon us! Football is back, and while it may just be preseason right now, we couldn't be more excited! There's no better place to watch the game than at Li'l Rizzo's. Not only do we have plenty of TVs, we've got cold beer and tasty food to keep your hunger satisfied while you root for your team.Kansas City Chiefs Pre-Season Schedule NFL preseason kicks off tonight in Canton, Ohio when the Chicago Bears face the Baltimore Ravens in the Hall of Fame Game. The Kansas City Chiefs will play their first preseason game next week. Take a look at the preseason schedule here and make plans to join us at the best sports bar at the Lake of the Ozarks to watch all the games! Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 PM Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs Friday, August 17 at 6:00 PM Kansas City Chiefs @ Atlanta FalconsSaturday, August 25 at 12:00 PM Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 PM Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs  Football & Ice Cold ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-08-02
  • July 29th is National Lasagna Day
    Each year, July 29th is recognized as National Lasagna Day. This wide flat pasta is possibly one of the oldest kinds of pasta around. It's typical used to create a layered dish with meat, sauce and lots of cheese. There's no better place to enjoy a delicious lasagna than at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! Keep reading to learn more about this tasty dish.The Origins of LasagnaNo one really knows where exactly lasagna came from, but there are varying theories. One theory states that the history of lasagna can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece. The Greek word "laganon," used to describe flat dough sliced into strips, is believed to be the origin of the word lasagna. While the Greeks didn't create the hearty pasta dish we know as lasagna today, they at least inspired one of the oldest pastas in the world.The modern day layered lasagna dish wasn't created until the Middle Ages, in Naples, Italy. The dish was savored on special occasions. Traditional Italian lasagna features ragu, bechamel and Parmigiano-Reggiano ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-07-27
  • Fettuccine, Tortellini, Linguini… Oh My!
    While it is estimated that there are approximately 350 different types of pasta around the world, there are almost 4 times that many names for them! From long, skinny noodles to tubes or spirals, you could eat a different type of pasta almost every day for a year if you wanted. At Li'l Rizzo's, we're happy to provide you with not only a variety of pastas to choose from, but homemade, fresh sauces to accompany them. Keep reading to learn more about some of the different types of pasta we have here at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.Why All the Different Shapes? Different shapes of pasta are used by chefs for various purposes because certain shapes hold different sauces better than others. Thin pasta works well with oil-based sauces, while thicker sauces work better with thicker, heavier pasta shapes. Flat pasta pairs well will cream sauces and tomato-based sauces seem to cling better to round pasta. What type of pasta you get will depend a lot on your sauce preference.Popular Pasta Shapes at Li'l Rizzo's 1. Spaghetti ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-07-18
  • The Origins of Appetizers
    An appetizer is a small dish of food or a drink taken before a meal or the main course of a meal to stimulate one's appetite. Who decided we needed food before more food? Keep reading to learn about the origins of appetizers! Then take a look at what delicious pre-meal snacks we have to offer here at Li'l Rizzo's.Appetizer HistoryVirtually all cultures have indulged in pre-meal morsels designed to whet the appetite. The ancient Greeks and Romans sampled bits of fish, seasoned vegetables, cheese and olives prior to their meals. Italians often ate thin rolls of grilled veal to stimulate the appetite for the meal to come. Wealthy Frenchmen picked at hors d’oeuvres throughout fancy meals from the late 17th through the mid-19th centuries. These snacks ranged from oysters and stuffed eggs to slices of beef tongue or braised quails.Americans began emulating that french dining model, by placing these bites of food on the table to be served throughout the meal as a palate refresher until dessert was served. Styles of service changed radically in the 19th century, evolving to the successive, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-07-12
  • How to Eat Pasta Like an Italian
    Pasta Eating Etiquette Have you been eating your pasta wrong all these years? Today's blog from your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses pasta eating etiquette.While your fellow lake residents and visitors may not care how you eat your pasta, things might be different when you visit other places. Give these pasta eating tips a try next time you dine-in at Li'l Rizzo's and start preparing your eating habits for that trip to Italy you've been dreaming of. Not only will this pasta eating etiquette make it easier to enjoy your meal, it can improve the taste as well!Fork or Spoon?At most restaurants, you are provided with both a fork and a spoon when you first sit down. Which do you use for pasta though? Some people believe the answer to be both when it comes to eating spaghetti or some other long strands of pasta. You use your spoon to help twirl the pasta onto the fork, right? Wrong. An Italian would never use a spoon when eating pasta, unless that pasta was served in a soup. ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-07-05
  • 3 Reasons to Dine Out at Li’l Rizzo’s
    Everyone loves a home-cooked meal, but not everyone likes preparing it or cleaning up after it. Dining out has its benefits, and Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant wants to share with you some reasons to come dine out with us!1. There's No Messy Clean Up. While some people may enjoy cooking, does anyone actually like doing dishes? The worst part about preparing a home-cooked meal is the cleanup afterwards. Not only do you have the dishes you ate off of, but you have the pots and pans and utensils that you used to cook everything. After you've slaved away creating a great meal for your family to enjoy, the last thing you want to do is spend more time in the kitchen cleaning up that mess. When you come to our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant, we take care of the dishes and the mess for you. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your meal!2. You Can Please the Picky Eaters. Do your children seem to always complain about what's for dinner? Do you and your ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-06-28
  • Cool Off with a Cold One at Li’l Rizzo’s
    June 21st is the first official day of summer! Along with the summer season comes hot, humid weather. What better way to celebrate the start of summer than head over to your favorite bar at the Lake of the Ozarks for an ice cold beverage? From beer to refreshing cocktails, we've got something to help you cool off after a long day in the summer sun!Refreshing Drinks at Li'l Rizzo'sSatisfy your thirst this summer with something from our bar! Try cooling off with one of these refreshing drink choices at Li'l Rizzo's:Ice Cold Beer You can never go wrong with an ice cold beer! At Li'l Rizzo's, we've got a wide variety of beers on tap and by the bottle. Grab one of the popular favorites, such as Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, Blue Moon, etc. Or try one of our seasonal selections. You're sure to find a beer to quench your thirst when you step up to the bar at Li'l Rizzo's.Refreshing Cocktails If you're looking for something sweeter, try one of our refreshing cocktails. Nothing says summer like fruity flavored ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-06-20
  • Treat Dad to Li’l Rizzo’s for Father’s Day
    Father's Day has arrived, and Li'l Rizzo's wants to help you celebrate Dad this weekend! Tell him how much you appreciate him with some of these thoughtful Father's Day quotes. Then show him your appreciation by bringing him out for a delicious meal at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.Father's Day Quotes "When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.""A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow." "Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers and singers of songs." "Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad." "Dad: A son's first hero. A daughters first love." "I have a hero, I call him dad." "A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way." "I may find my prince, but my dad will always be my king." "A father holds his daughter's hand for a short while, but he holds ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-06-13
  • What People Are Saying About Li’l Rizzo’s
    When it comes to Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know how to do it right! There's no better place to go for a delicious plate of pasta or a warm, cheesy pizza than Li'l Rizzo's. While we may claim to be the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, don't just take our word for it. See what customers are saying about Li'l Rizzo's in these testimonials below.Horseshoe Bend Location Locals and vacationers alike are loving the food and the views at our Horseshoe Bend location! Here's what they had to say:"The food was fantastic and the customer service was great!" - Kenda Flanery "It is on our must have list every trip we make to the Lake." - Chris Razavi "FABULOUS! Visiting from Michigan with friends, what a gem in this community." - Kat Mortensen Mayer"Wow!!! Hands down the Best Italian I've had!!! The salad was so fresh and the light dressing was delicious!!! Wishing I could purchase the dressing!!! The Pizza was Fantastic!!! Loved the mixture of cheeses and the sauce is delicious!!!! Highly recommend ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-06-07
  • Pasta and Wine Were Meant For Each Other
    There are two things that make a great combo. Those two things are pasta and wine. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a delicious and hearty warm plate of pasta that pairs well with a glass of wine. While we might be a little biased towards this situation, we think most people would agree. Li’l Rizzo’s knows that when selecting the perfect wine for your pasta, you need to look at the pasta sauce. Check out a few of our favorite wine and pasta pairings that 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, which can be enjoyed at our Lake Ozark location, or even a Merlot. These sauces are powerful, are highly acidic and are often blended with rich, red meats, so middleweight body is the best option, as it won't overpower the dish.Cheesy PastaIt's hard to find a wine that doesn't pair well with cheese. While you could say most wines pair well, ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-05-31

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