• What We’re Craving in October
    When we walked out the door this morning, we were greeted with amazingly cool temperatures and the scent of fall in the air. This means only one thing, we’re craving all of the fall favorites! From warm dishes that make us feel warm and cozy on the insides, to rich choices and spicy drinks. Here are just a few of the things we’re craving this month as the temperatures stay cool and the flavors stay warm.Toasted RavioliThere something perfectly comforting about toasted ravioli. It’s warm, savory, and flavorful. Not to mention, there’s something cozy about dipping it in our delicious meat marinara sauce. This delicious appetizer is made from beef ravioli, and deep fried to a perfect golden brown. We top them with parsley flakes and parmesan cheese to complete this delicious starter. Make them even better by dipping them in your minestrone soup!Minestrone Soup & Italian Sausage SandwichOur Minestrone soup is warm and delicious. It’s tomato based and made from scratch right here at Li’l Rizzo’s. Plus, it’s served at either location. It’s filled to the brim with delicious ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-10-12
  • The Perfect Pizza & Pint Pairing
    Some of the best comfort food can be found in the form of an ice cold pint of beer paired with a steaming hot pizza straight from the oven. At Li’l Rizzo’s we know how important comfort food is - which is why we provide it for you on a regular basis! Tuesday, October 9th is Beer & Pizza Day. If you can’t join us next week to celebrate, why not come this weekend? We’ve got amazingly delicious pizzas on the menu, and the perfect pint to pair with them. Here are a few Lake of the Ozarks pizza and beer pairings to get your weekend started right!Rizzo’s Margherita & Pale AleThis pizza boasts of brushed olive oil crust, fresh mozzarella, dollops of ricotta, fresh tomato and basil sprinkled with grated parmesan. Pale ale’s go great with the pizza’s toasty crust and also can balance out the acidity of the tomatoes. This light beer will no down out the subtle flavor of the mozzarella either. Instead, it pushes it to the forefront! If you're hungry for this combination - stop ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-10-05
  • Name That Pasta!
    There are a few central features to all good Italian. Tomatoes … basil … and PASTA! Okay, so maybe it’s just about the carbs because pizza is also pretty key - but pasta is essential. There are over 350 different types of pasta represented around the world. Here at Li’l Rizzo’s, we LOVE pasta! We may not have 350 different types, but we have our fair share, and every single one is filled with flavor. Here are a few things you need to know about pasta varieties, their shapes, and what kinds we have on our menu! PLUS, we have a little quiz at the end to test your pasta knowledge.Why So Many Shapes??The reason for so many different shapes is generally because of the different sauces that the pasta is served with. Many cooks insist that a thin sauce needs thin pasta - while thick sauce needs thick pasta! White sauces supposedly stick better to flat pasta, while red sauce sticks better to round noodles. Then there is stuffed pasta - which requires an entirely different shape all together! ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-09-27
  • Family Day at a Family Place
    At Li’l Rizzo’s, we LOVE families! So it only makes sense that we would celebrate Family Day on September 24th. We’ve always been a family establishment, from offering foods that kids will love, to providing plenty of places for families of all ages to gather together around amazing food at the Lake of the Ozarks. We even have two locations so your family can go wherever is closest. Here are a few reasons you should come out to Li’l Rizzo’s this weekend in honor of family day - or join us on Monday to celebrate the actual day!Plenty of Space for a CrowdBetween two locations, we have plenty of room! Our restaurant in Osage Beach, MO is larger with plenty of space for your crew, while our restaurant in Lake Ozark, MO is a smaller, more intimate setting. If you have a large group coming, we look forward to serving your entire party, but even with a small group, you'll find the same endearing service. Both of our locations also have plenty of TVs, so if your crew loves to ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-09-20
  • September is Mushroom Month
    We love mushrooms at Lil’ Rizzo’s and we hope you do too! There are many different types of mushrooms, from small capped mushrooms to morel mushrooms, and even some crazy kinds like the bearded tooth mushroom (trust us, they're weird!). Their flavor is the perfect addition to our famous Italian foods at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are a few fun facts about mushrooms, as well as a few of our favorite menu items that feature this fun flavor.The Favorite FungusMushrooms are comprised of 85-95 % water.Mushrooms have their own immune system.Like human skin, mushrooms can produce vitamin D by being exposed to sunlight. In fact, exposing a freshly cut shiitake mushroom, gills up, to the sun for eight hours can increase its vitamin D content by as much as 4,600 times!The antibiotic penicillin was derived from the fungal species Penicillium.Featuring Mushrooms on the Menu!We have a great menu filled with Italian dishes, several of which feature mushrooms! Come on out to either of our locations at the Lake of the Ozarks and give them a try!Rizzo BurgerAn 8-ounce ... read more
    Source: Li’l Rizzo’s BlogPublished on 2018-09-14
  • 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

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