Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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 - Possibly the most popular pasta shape in America, spaghetti is a long, thin pasta that everyone knows and loves. It is typically served with a tomato-based sauce and meatballs. We love to serve spaghetti this way, in our homemade, chunky meat sauce. Top it with a 6 ounce meatball sprinkled with parmesan cheese and parsley for some extra deliciousness!

2. Angel Hair - Similar to spaghetti, but even thinner is the angel hair pasta. You'll find this popular pasta shape in a variety of our signature dishes including our Shrimp Scampi and the Roasted Garlic Chicken Pasta. Both are great dishes served in a sauce made of chopped garlic sauteed in a delicate wine stock.

3. Lasagna - These noodles pretty much give away their purpose in their name. They are used to make the popular casserole pasta dish called... Lasagna! Our Lasagna is homemade with 6 layers of pasta, meat sauce, ricotta cheese and Italian sausage. It's then topped with a blend of mozzarella and provel cheese before it's baked.

4. Fettuccine - This long-cut pasta is flat and rectangular in shape. It's most commonly served with creamy sauces such as Alfredo sauce. Try this pasta shape in our classic Fettuccine Alfredo or add in some sauteed shrimp or roasted garlic chicken for some extra flavor!

5. Manicotti - This pasta is a large ridged tube that is most commonly stuffed with a mixture of meat, cheese and veggies, topped with your favorite sauce and then baked. Our Manicotti is stuffed with ricotta cheese then topped in a creamy red sauce, a mixture of our traditional Italian Bechamel and Marinara, and then baked.

6. Cannelloni - This pasta is characterized by a hollow tube or roll of pasta filled with various ingredients like meat and cheese. Our Cannelloni Con Bianco is two large pasta tubes stuffed with beef and pork, served in a creamy Bechamel mushroom sauce.

7. Tortellini - This is a ring-shaped pasta that is usually stuffed with something like cheese, meat, spinach or a mixture of the three. It's most commonly served in a broth or cream sauce. Our Tortellini Alfredo features pasta filled with beef and pork, and is served in our homemade Alfredo sauce with peas, bacon and mushrooms.

8. Linguini - This pasta is like a flattened spaghetti, but it's not as wide as fettuccine. It's offers a great shape to compliment a variety of different sauces. At Li'l Rizzo's, you'll find it served in our Cajun Shrimp Pasta, Sausage-N-Peppers Pasta, Linguini con Pesce and Linguini Marinara.

9. Cavatelli - Short and solid, this pasta exists in a few different sizes. The shape resembles tiny hot dog buns, or seashells. They are commonly served with thick, chunky sauces or in pasta salads. At our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant, you can try them in our Cavatelli Con Broccoli, which features mushrooms and broccoli in our creamy homemade Alfredo sauce.

Come get your favorite type of pasta at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant, or try a new style! We even offer gluten free pasta for an additional charge. Pair your pasta with our World Famous house salad and delicious bread rolls for the perfect gourmet meal. Gourmet refers to our fresh ingredients, secret hand-crafted recipes and the love we put into every dish we make! We hope to see your for lunch or dinner at either of our locations soon!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

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 History


Virtually 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, multi-course meal structure we see today. During that time, the role of hors d'oeuvres changed as well. By the late 19th century, hors d’oeuvres, such as small pastry cases filled with bits of meat in creamy sauce, had become a separate course after the soup was served. The term “appetizers” seems to have appeared nearly simultaneously in America and England in the 1860s, simply to provide an English equivalent for the French hors d’oeuvre.

Appetizers at Li'l Rizzo's 


Who doesn't love a great appetizer? Not only does it keep your mind and stomach occupied while you wait for the main course, but you can share them with friends and family due to their bite-sized qualities. Check out some selections from our appetizer menu below and come taste some today!

Spinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno Dip 
Creamy, cheesy dip with spinach, green chiles and jalapenos. Served with nacho chips.

Garlic Cheese Bread
Sliced French bread topped with butter and a blend of mozzarella and provel cheese.

Chicken Tenders
Hand-breaded and deep-fried to a golden brown, served with a side of sweet and tangy, mustard based BBQ sauce or tossed in your favorite wing sauce.

Toasted Ravioli
Beef ravioli deep-fried to a golden brown, topped with parsley flakes, parmesan cheese and served with a side of meat sauce.

Loaded Potato Skins
Potato "cups" filled with bacon, green onion, provel and mozzarella cheese. Served with sour cream.

Cheese Sticks
Mozzarella sticks, deep fried, sprinkled with parsley flakes, parmesan cheese and served with a side of marinara.

Traditional Bruschetta
Sliced French bread topped with butter and a parmesan, basil, garlic and olive oil spread, finished with diced tomato and green onions.

Which of these tasty appetizers do you think will whet your palate the most? Come into Li'l Rizzo's today to find out. Join us between 3 and 6 pm to take advantage of our half-price appetizer deal during Happy Hour! There's no better time to try our variety of pre-meal snacks. We'll see you soon at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

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. Instead, you should twirl the pasta against the curve of the plate or bowl that it has been served in. Don't complicate your meal by trying to use too many utensils. In most cases, all you need is a fork to eat pasta the right way!

Cut or Wind?


The length and width of the noodle will dictate whether you cut or wind the pasta. When eating long, skinny noodles such as spaghetti or fettuccine, you'll want to wind it around your fork for easy eating. Try not to pick up more then 2-3 strands to avoid too large of bite. As mentioned above, press the fork against the dish it was served in, not a spoon, when winding or twirling. Inevitably, some strands will be hanging from the fork. Quietly suck them into your mouth without making a big deal about it; this is no improper dining etiquette. One more thing to keep in mind, never use a knife! The only time that you should cut your pasta is if you have a wide noodle, such as lasagna. One other exception would be if you are cutting up the pasta for a young child to eat. Otherwise, keep the knife away from your pasta dish.

Stop Eating Pasta the Wrong Way


Check out this fun YouTube video on how to eat pasta the Italian way, and stop eating it wrong today!

Eating Pasta at Li'l Rizzo's 

At Li'l Rizzo's, we don't really care how you eat your pasta, just that you enjoy it! We offer a wide variety of pasta dishes on our menu, so you're sure to find one to satisfy your taste buds. Our food is made with the freshest ingredients, and our hand-crafted recipes are prepared with love. Come dine-in with us at either of our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant locations or place your carry-out order today! 

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

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 spouse have trouble agreeing on what to make for supper? Not everyone wants or likes the same things, but that doesn't matter when you choose to eat out at Li'l Rizzo's! We have a wide selection of entrees on our menu, featuring something for everyone to love. From our appetizers to our pizzas and pastas, everyone can choose something different. We also have a special kids menu with great selections your children are sure to get excited about!


3. It Gets You Out of the House. 


If you're a stay-at-home mom or stay-at-home dad, it can be easy to get cooped up in the house all day, especially in the heat of the summer. You've got children to entertain and household tasks to take care of. By the time you look up, the beautiful day has flown by. A short trip to our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks could be just the thing you need! Whether it's an order out to get pizza for the family, or an adult date night overlooking the beautiful lake view from our Horseshoe Bend location, you can't go wrong with Li'l Rizzo's.

We're here to take the pressure off and provide a space for you to come enjoy a lovely dinner with your family. Join us at either of our two convenient locations for a delicious Italian meal. From cheesy pizzas to creamy pastas, we've got something for everyone to enjoy. Stop by and see us for dinner soon!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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's


Satisfy 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 drinks. Choose from classic selections like a tequila sunrise, a cosmopolitan or a whiskey sour. If you're not in the mood for fruit, try a long island iced tea. With a full bar, your cocktail choices are practically endless.



Happy Hour at Li'l Rizzo's


What's better than enjoying your favorite beverage after a hot day in the sun? Getting that beverage at a discount! Join us from 3-6 pm every Monday through Friday for the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks. We're serving up specials on domestic beers, well drinks and house wines, as well as half-price appetizers.


Find the best drinks and food around at Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant. We have two convenient locations where you can enjoy a cold drink and some appetizers or a complete meal! Bring yourself or bring the entire family, we've got something for everyone to enjoy. See you soon!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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 her heart forever." 

"My father didn't tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it." 

"When you need real understanding, when you need someone to care, when you need someone to guide you, a father's always there." 

"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice." 

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." 

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." 

Manly Munchies 

Actions speak louder than words, and there's no better way to show dad your appreciation than taking him out for delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Start your meal off right with one of dad's favorite appetizers. These "manly munchies" are sure to put a smile on dad's face.

Wings
Nothing is more manly than hot wings! Oder 6 or 12 at a time, and choose from 4 different amazing flavors. Our original wings are tossed in a buttery hot sauce. The Mojo wings are tossed in a tangy BBQ sauce. Our Dirty wings are covered in a dry, mildly spicy rub. Finally, our "award winning" Italian wings are marinated in our house dressing, baked and tossed in parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers!

Loaded Potato Skins
Potato "cups" filled with bacon, green onion, provel and mozzarella cheese, served with sour cream.

Toasted Ravioli 
A family favorite, our beef ravioli is deep-fried to a golden brown, topped with parsley flakes, parmesan cheese and served with a side of meat sauce.

Cheese Sticks
Is dad a cheese lover? Start him off with an order of our mozzarella sticks, deep fired, sprinkled with parsley flakes, parmesan cheese and served with a side of marinara.

Meatball
Homemade meatball topped with chunky meat sauce, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and parsley.

Father's Favorites 

Once dad's had a taste of our appetizers, he's sure to want more of that delicious food! Have him try one of these favorites from our dinner menu.



Macho Meat Pizza 
What dad doesn't love meat?! Our Macho Meat pizza is perfect for celebrating Father's Day! It's covered in red sauce, pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, bacon & Canadian bacon, and then topped with provel and mozzarella cheese.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta 
A favorite among customers, our Cajun Shrimp Pasta features succulent shrimp, yellow onion, red and green bell peppers all sauteed in EVOO and fresh chopped garlic. It's served in linguine noodles in a Cajun Alfredo sauce.

Hawaiian Pizza
Does dad have a sweet side? Our Hawaiian pizza is also a great choice. It features a red sauce covered in provel and mozzarella cheeses, pineapple, Canadian bacon and green bell peppers.

Sausage-N-Peppers
Sauteed red & green bell peppers, onions and sliced Italian sausage, in marinara sauce over linquini noodles is a dish that dad is sure to love!

Buffalo Chicken 
If dad wants something a little spicier, order him our Buffalo Chicken pizza. Brushed in olive oil, this pizza is covered in provel cheese, roasted garlic chicken, bacon and red onion, and then drizzled with our original wing sauce.

Happy Father's Day from Li'l Rizzo's! To all the fathers and grandfathers out there, we wish you a very special weekend with family and friends. We hope to see you at either of our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant locations. Rather spend quality time at home? Order out by giving us a call or ordering online. See you soon!

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

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 this place!!!" - Lara Ortgies

"Great lasagna & unbelievable views. Good service, and you can eat out on the balcony." - Janice Kinser 

"The Lasagna is amazing! We also loved the Creme Brulee Cheesecake. Our favorite place to eat at the Lake!" - Beth Horcharik 

"Food and atmosphere is awesome!! My daughter and I had the lasagna and it was wonderful. The rolls weren't the greatest, but we are headed back again tonight to try out the pizza! Can't wait!! Love Li'l Rizzo's and will be back on our next trip to the Ozarks too!!" - Sheri Parker 

"Great food and great service. Very nice atmosphere!" - Debbie Benoist Widsom 

"Girls Day! After our morning of  shopping, we are going to enjoy a nice lunch with a very nice view." - Erin Kinsella Minear 

Osage Beach Location 


People are raving about both the food and the service at our Osage Beach location. Check out what they had to say: 

"Our dinner last weekend was amazing and Stephanie was a 5 star waitress. Love when we get to see her." - Katherine Brockman 

"The Sicilian pizza is by far the best pizza I've ever eaten. Bursting with flavor, the calzone we had was out of this world! For appetizers, we had raviolis that were to die for and seriously the chips and spinach dip were absolutely orgasmic. The service was supreme." - Tj Wiseman 

"We were there three times Friday and Saturday. Love the Pizza and rolls. Had it two times." - Brenda Williams 

"Been there twice. Food, atmosphere, drinks and service all excellent." - Amanda Lewis 

"Always great food and great friendly staff. One of our favorites." - Scottie Martin 

"Love this place!! Best Italian food at the Lake!!!" - Gigi Trotts-Wallace 

"This place rocked. Everyone was great and the food was awesome!! Thanks for a great elopement dinner!!" - Phill Doster 

"Clean, great staff. EXCELLENT food. Atmosphere was awesome. Great place for romantic dinner or just a night out." - Lance Criswell 

"Nice place. Good food. Nice staff. We would go again." - Lenny Weisser 

Best Italian Food at the Lake 


Stop by either of our two convenient locations and see for yourself what everyone is talking about! Whether you're in the mood for pizza or pasta, there's no better place to enjoy a tasty lunch or a nice dinner than at Li'l Rizzo's. All of our dishes are made with the freshest ingredients, allowing us to create the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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