Treat the Gang to Li'l Rizzo's This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks is always an exciting time. The lake area is a gorgeous setting to spend a holiday weekend and our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant is open and ready to feed you a meal worth celebrating. (Maybe even more than one meal over the 3-day weekend!) 

Both Li'l Rizzo's locations are open for in-house dining with social distancing procedures in place and for curbside pickup orders to-go. Feel free to swing by for a quick bite or grab dinner for the entire gang while you're in town. 

Why Choose Li'l Rizzo's? Well...
The truth is, you can get pizza and pasta lots of places these days. For that very reason, we've made it our mission to become the premier restaurant and bar at the Lake of the Ozarks serving authentic Italian cuisine, gourmet pizza, and a world-famous house salad with friendly and attentive service. 

We strive to give our guests a great dining experience in a unique Italian atmosphere. You'll discover a wi…

Pizza History & the Irresistible Versions We Enjoy Today!

When you hear the name Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant, more than likely pasta is the first food that comes to mind. Well sure, we've got a wonderful variety of mouthwatering pasta dishes on the menu, but we're also experts at cooking up the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks

We've come up with our own special ways over the years to create a pizza that people simply can't get enough of. Before we get into the many delicious varieties that each of our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurants has to offer, let's first take a quick look at where this wonderful dish started out. 

A Short History of Pizza
Pizza has been around for practically forever, as far as we know, in some shape or form. Ancient Romans used focaccia, a flatbread, and then added toppings to that. 

The word "pizza" was first documented in A.D. 997 in Gaeta and then began making its way to different parts of Central and Southern Italy. Long before that, other foods bearing a very stron…

The Li'l Rizzo's Dining Rooms Are Open Again!

Our Li'l Rizzo's family is extremely grateful that so many of you continued to order to-go from our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant while we were not able to have the dining room open. Thank you for your patience, patronage, and continued support. We are happy to announce that the long wait is over and our dining rooms are now open once again! 

Dine-In at Li'l Rizzo's
Yes, you may once again dine-in at Li'l Rizzo's, both in Osage Beach and in Lake Ozark,  beginning on Monday, May 4, 2020. Special precautions have been put into place to make sure social distancing is possible and everyone is able to stay healthy and feel safe. We have established the following procedures to ensure an efficient flow through the restaurants while adhering to the required social distancing guidelines. 

Dine-in customers must join the waitlist for the location they would like to visit. Once you arrive, we ask you to wait in your vehicle or stay outside while also maintaining prop…

3 Great Reasons to Enjoy Li'l Rizzo's Tonight

Home-cooked meals are great, but making sure you have the right ingredients, getting them all ready, cooking the meal, and then cleaning up all those dishes when you're done can get tiresome.  Give yourself a break tonight & let Li'l Rizzo's take care of the hassle for you. (It's truly no hassle to us at all, but rather our pleasure!) 

Need some extra incentive to convince yourself and the family that enjoying the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks is a good idea? Here are 3 terrific excuses for you. 

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 clean-up afterward. Not only do you have the dishes you ate off to take care of but also the pots and pans that you used to cook everything. 

After you've slaved away creating a great meal for the family to enjoy, the last thing you want to do is spend more time in the kitchen cleaning up that mess…

Appetizers Hearty Enough to Make a Meal!

The definition of the word appetizer is "a small portion of a food or drink served before or at the beginning of a meal to stimulate the desire to eat; any small portion that stimulates a desire for more or that indicates more is to come." 

Well, here at Li'l Rizzo's our appetizers can fit that description if you're sharing a plate with the table before your main meal. Of course, the appetizers you'll get at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant are anything but "small" and they are hearty enough to enjoy as a main dish if you don't feel like sharing! 

If you've already dined with us, you know exactly what we're talking about, and if you haven't had our appetizers yet, here's a look at what you've been missing!  

Spinach, Green Chili, & Jalapeno Dip A creamy, cheese dip with spinach, green chilies, and jalapenos served with nacho chips
Garlic Cheese Bread Sliced French bread topped with butter and a blend of mozzarella and …

DID YOU KNOW... 9 Fun Facts About Pasta

We're hearing a lot of reports about people getting really bored after spending so much time cooped up inside their homes. This is the perfect opportunity to pick up a new skill or learn something new you've always wondered about. 

To help with that, Li'l Rizzo's has some very interesting fun facts about pasta (our favorite subject) for you to learn in today's blog. We're willing to bet that you don't know at least half of these already. Read on and expand your knowledge about this versatile and amazing food! 

#1) Pasta = Paste?
Traditionally, many dried pastas are made of only two ingredients - flour and water. When combined they form a paste and the word "pasta" comes from the Italian word for paste. 

#2) Only one...
Spaghetti actually means more than one strand of this delicious pasta. If you ever need to refer to only one strand, the singular word for it is spaghetto.

#3) Hundreds of choices
There are approximately 350 different types of pasta (altho…

Take Your Taste Buds on a Trip with Li'l Rizzo's

Even though we are all encouraged to stay at home right now, Li'l Rizzo's wants to help you get away... through your taste buds! In today's blog, we're featuring some of the menu items from our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks that will take you on a trip around the world, if only in your imagination and, well, your stomach. Come with us on a world tour for your taste buds!

Hawaiian Pizza
The thought of hanging out on a beautiful island far away from here sounds magical right about now. While travel is discouraged at the time, you can take your taste buds on a trip with some Hawaiian Pizza! Pineapple, Canadian bacon, and green bell peppers may sound strange to some, but it's a taste sensation worth giving a try. 

The Sicilian Pizza
Now we are off to Sicily, another fantastic island. As a matter of fact, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Just like this extremely large island, our specialty pizza offers great big flavor! With pepperoni, I…