Meatballs Around the World (& Right Here at the Lake of the Ozarks!)

Meatballs have a special place in the hearts (or rather, stomachs) of most of the diners at Li'l Rizzo's Italian restaurant. That's because we've taken special care to create a meatball that not only tastes amazing but also is so large, only one is needed for each plate of spaghetti!  This particular meatball is so incredible, it's even earned itself a spot on the appetizer menu at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant. (You can get that, along with all of our other appetizers, for half-price during Happy Hour every Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm and all day on Sundays too!)  Meatballs Around the WorldYou're probably most familiar with meatballs made from ground beef, but the definition states that a meatball can be made by rolling any type of ground meat into a ball, sometimes with other ingredients. It can be fried, baked, steamed, or braised in sauce.   As partial as we are to Li'l Rizzo's meatballs, it's still interesting to see how others make mea…

There Are Lots of Reasons To Celebrate Pasta This October

Last week's blog was all about the incredible pizzas we serve at Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant because October is National Pizza Month. You've got plenty of reasons to celebrate pasta in October as well because this Saturday, October 17 happens to be National Pasta Day, and then a couple of weeks later on Sunday, October 25, World Pasta Day lands on the calendar! October is a great month for us because we don't just offer one of those honored foods but both - the best pizza and pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks! When you're ready to celebrate pasta this month (in between slices of pizza, of course) here's what we've got waiting for you at Li'l Rizzo's.  ~ Classic Pasta ~Spaghetti Spaghetti noodles and our homemade, chunky meat sauce.
Spaghetti and Meatball Spaghetti noodles and meat sauce topped with a homemade 6-ounce meatball sprinkled with parmesan cheese and parsley.
Lasagna Our lasagna is homemade with 6 layers of pasta with meat sauce, ricotta ch…

Enjoy the Best Pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks During National Pizza Month!

Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant not only serves incredible pasta dishes every day but we also offer the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks.  The entire month of October is designated as National Pizza Month, giving you an added excuse to eat even more of this incredible food than usual!  The Heart of Any Pizza is......THE DOUGH! Fresh, flavorful toppings are very important but if you don't have a good base to put them on, that ruins the entire slice. At both locations of our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurants, we make our pizza dough from scratch using only the very best ingredients to create the perfect crust.    We use unbromated, unbleached flour due to health concerns surrounding Potassium bromate. Fine sea salt is also used for its intense, clean flavor and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) because it creates a smoother texture and more tender dough.  Our Lake Ozark restaurant proudly serves this pizza St. Louis style, thin-crust. The Osage Beach location offers that …

Cure Your October Cravings With These Delicious Menu Items at Li'l Rizzo's

Welcome to October and all of the wonderful things that come along with this month. There's a crispness in the air that still welcomes you to enjoy spending time outside yet has you craving foods that will warm you up from the inside out. Our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant has quite a few items on the menu that hit the spot just right on a chilly fall day. Here's a quick peek at a few of the things we're craving at Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant this month. (We bet they'll sound great to you too!)     Minestrone SoupOne of the most satisfying meals on a chilly day is a nice hot bowl of soup. When that soup happens to be our incredible made-from-scratch Minestrone, well, it's even more of a treat! We start with a delicious tomato base and add lots of fresh vegetables including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli asparagus, peas, and carrots. We also offer a Soup of the Day daily if you're in the mood for something else. Both soup options always pair pe…

Seafood + Pasta = An Irresistible Combination!

The perfect pasta topped with a savory sauce is an excellent start when serving the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Sometimes that's enough, but other times you may be in the mood for additional meats, vegetables, or other toppings along with that. Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant offers lots of different combinations of pasta dishes with chicken, beef, pork, and many more ingredients for a delicious variety.  Today, we are featuring the succulent seafood that is served daily in our Italian restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks. Between our two locations, there are 5 pasta dishes on the menu plus you are welcome to add shrimp to customize our other pasta menu items. Our seafood offerings are not just reserved for pasta either.   Which Seafood Is Most Popular?Here at Li'l Rizzo's, we create amazing menu items with a variety of seafoods including shrimp, real crabmeat, clams, and salmon. According to our research, the most widely served seafood in the Unit…

Happy Hour at Li'l Rizzo's is Now 6 Days a Week!

The best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks took place 5 days a week at Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant all summer long, but now that football season is in full swing, we've added an all-day Sunday Happy Hour too. Now you can take advantage of all the benefits of Happy Hour at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant & bar 6 days a week! Happy Hour 6 Days a Week!The hustle and bustle of a busy summer season in the lake area is over (although fall is still pretty active around here.) Since things have slowed down a little bit, we're amping up the fun by not only adding Sundays to our Happy Hour lineup but also making it last all day long every Sunday! Now you can join us for great deals on some of your favorite things every Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm and all day every Sunday. If you aren't familiar with the incredible happy hour deals we offer, well, you're in for a "happy" surprise! Half-Price AppetizersDuring Happy Hour, all of our delicious appe…

The Votes Are In ~ Li'l Rizzo's Has The Best Italian Food!

Lake Lifestyles Magazine recently posted the results of their annual "Best of the Lake" Peoples' Choice Awards. We were extremely honored to find out that our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant received the most votes and has been awarded with the title of "Best Italian Restaurant"! 

It's truly an honor to know that our guests appreciate the food we lovingly create here at Li'l Rizzo's every day. For those of you that have not yet had a chance to dine with us, here's a look at some of the reasons people keep coming back for more of our delicious Italian cuisine. (And for those of you that have dined with us, be warned, if you keep reading this is probably going to make you hungry!) 

Incredible Italian Food
We strive to serve the best pasta and pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks by using only the freshest ingredients and secret hand-crafted recipes that we've perfected over time. Many of our pasta recipes originate from "The Hill" area…