Thursday, January 11, 2018

In Case You Need Another Reason To Eat More Pizza

It’s National Pizza Week folks! Here at Li’l Rizzo’s, we LOVE our pizza. Whether you enjoy your pie hand tossed or you prefer a thinner crust, there’s one thing that we can all agree on and that is that pizza is delicious! Have you ever wondered where pizza actually came from? Well, we have some information about pizza for you this week. Check it out below and then come into the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks to celebrate National Pizza Week.


The History of Pizza


Just like many other foods and dishes, the origin of pizza is still uncertain. When people think of pizza, most people think of it as an Italian creation. Little do they know, pizza can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks. We know, it’s a little confusing. The Ancient Greeks would cook flatbread in mud ovens and then they would top it with oils, herbs, spices and even dates. Tomatoes were yet to be discovered at that time, and they probably wouldn’t have found their way on top of their pizza if they were.

This flatbread creation eventually made its way to Italy, where it started to resemble the pizza that we all know and love today. They were sold on the street and in the markets. These pizzas weren’t topped with any toppings, they were enjoyed au naturel. Because they were cheap, delicious, and most importantly filling, they were sold to the poor all over Naples by different street vendors. The discovery of the tomato and even a visit from a queen began to change their flatbreads into the pizza that is so popular today.

Queen Margherita had traveled to Italy where she saw many people, especially the peasants, eating a large flatbread food item. She became curious of this dish and had ordered her guards to bring her one of the pizza breads. The Queen loved the bread and ae it every time she was out in public. This was odd for many because it’s uncommon for a queen to dine on peasant’s food. The Queen then decided to hire Chef Raffaele Esposito, who owned his own pizzeria, to work at the royal palace. To honor the Queen, the chef decided to make a special pizza just for her. He baked the pizza topped with tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag. His creation was named Pizza Margherita and is still a popular pizza in Naples and around the world.

Eventually, this pizza creation made its way to America, England, France, and Spain during World War II when American and European soldiers were exposed to this dish in Italy. The first pizzeria in America was opened in New York and it was extremely popular. In the sixties, it became a big hit, especially with the invention of frozen pizza. While frozen pizza is quick and easy, at Li’l Rizzo’s, we prefer our pizza made with fresh ingredients. We know you’ll be able to taste the difference.

Celebrate At Li’l Rizzo’s


There is no better place to celebrate National Pizza Week than at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have many different styles of pizza to choose from and we know you’ll find one you love. While you can enjoy delicious pizza at Li’l Rizzo’s whenever you’d like, there’s something about eating pizza and celebrating National Pizza Week. With two convenient locations to choose from, we try to make it easy for you to enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks.


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Delicious Weekly Specials At Li'l Rizzo's

With gourmet pizza, pasta, world-famous house salad and legendary service, there are many reasons to enjoy a meal at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Besides our amazing food and service, we also have great specials throughout the week from wing specials to the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks. Keep reading to learn more about the great specials that Li'l Rizzo's offers.


Happy Hour Is The Best Hour


Join us for the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. During Happy Hour at Li'l Rizzo's, you can enjoy specials on drinks and all your favorite appetizers at half price! From our delicious spinach, green chili & jalapeno dip to the traditional bruschetta, all of our mouthwatering appetizers are half priced during the Lake of the Ozarks best Happy Hour!


Sunday Happy Hour


On Sundays, Happy Hour at Li'l Rizzo's last all day long! That's right! Enjoy drink specials and half-priced appetizers all day long on Sundays. We couldn’t think of a better way to end a great weekend then delicious appetizers and drinks at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are our appetizers that you can enjoy during Happy Hour:

Spinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno Dip 

Creamy, cheesy 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 Provel cheese.

Toasted Ravioli 

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

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.

Cheese Sticks 

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

Loaded Potato Skins 

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

Traditional Bruschetta  

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

Portobello Mushrooms 

Sliced Portobello mushrooms sautéed in a Worcestershire-based sauce with garlic, butter and green onions.

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














Wing Tuesday 


Every Tuesday, our award-winning wings are only .45¢ each with a minimum purchase of 6 wings. At Li'l Rizzo's, we have four delicious wing sauces you can enjoy.

Original - Tossed in a buttery hot sauce.
Mojo - Tossed in a Tangy BBQ sauce.
Dirty - A dry mildly spiced wing.
Italian "Award Winning" - Marinated in our house dressing, baked and tossed with parmesan cheese and crushed in red peppers.



Pizza Thursday 


We know that there are a lot of different places you can enjoy pizza these days. That's why our mission is to become your favorite place for pizza! How do we do that? With fresh ingredients and the love we put into every pizza made. On Thursdays, enjoy a delicious 5-topping small pizza for only $8!

Come Visit Li’l Rizzo’s


There are two amazing locations where you can enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Enjoy beautiful views of the Lake of the Ozarks at our Horseshoe Bend location, which is only 2-miles west of Bagnell Dam Blvd., or enjoy the big game at our Osage Beach location across the street from Dierberg's at the west entrance to the Outlet Mall. Come visit Li'l Rizzo's and join us for a delicious meal for lunch or dinner! 


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Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Year's Eve The Italian Way

The year is quickly coming to a close and the team at Li'l Rizzo's is excited for what the new year has to offer. 2017 was a great year and there were a lot of great memories made here at the Lake of the Ozarks. Although this year is ending, a new year is beginning and the best Italian restaurant at the Lakeof the Ozarks is looking forward to all that 2018 has to offer. Why not ring in the New Year the Italian way? Check out a few of these traditions from Italy.


Food for Good Fortune


As with most Italian festivities, food plays an important part in the New Year celebrations. Similar to Christmas, families typically get together for a large meal to ring in the new year. The star of the meal is the lentils, which symbolizes money and good fortune for the coming year. In addition to lentils, in many parts of Italy, they will also serve cotechino, which is a large spiced sausage, or zampone, which is a stuffed pig's trotter. The pork symbolizes the richness of life in the coming year.

Dance the Night Away


In America, it's typical for celebrations to fizzle out shortly after the clock strikes midnight. However, in Italy, it’s typical for celebrations to last until sunrise in order to see the new year arrive. Some smaller towns build a bonfire in the central square where villagers will congregate into the early morning. Dancing is also popular and many towns have public music and dancing. Rome, Milan, Bologna, Palermo and Naples put on huge popular outdoor shows with pop and rock bands. These events can also be seen on television too.

Red Underwear for Luck


It's tradition in Italy to wear red underwear to fend off evil spirits and negativity, as well as bring happiness in the coming year. The color red has been used for centuries to ward off war and other disasters, so if you're strolling the streets of Italy on December 31, you may see red underwear hanging in the streets or shop windows. However, it's traditional that your red capodanno (underwear) be new and a gift from someone else, so no digging out an old pair, and if you buy your own, you're cheating.


Celebrate with Horns & Fireworks


In Italy, there are huge midnight firework displays to celebrate the coming of the new year. Most towns have public displays in a central square, however, private parties will also include firecrackers or sparklers as well and will last until the early morning. In fact, Naples is known for having one of the best and biggest New Year's firework display in Italy. In the coastal towns and near bodies of water, it's typical for boats to blow their horn to ring in the new year. According to superstitions, evil spirits don't like loud noises, so this is their way to ensure they are all scared off before the start of the new year.

Out with The Old & In with The New


In southern Italy, it is custom to throw your old things out the window, typically pottery, to symbolize your readiness to accept the new year. However, if you don't feel like throwing your items out the window, another acceptable tradition is crashing pots and pans together at your front door to scare away the evil spirits.

BINGO!


During many Italian New Year's Eve parties, everyone will settle around the table for a game of tombola, which is similar to bingo. Tombola was created in the 1700s as an alternative to gambling, which during that time the church didn't approve of. King Charles of Naples made a concession to the Catholics and said he would only ban gambling during the Christmas period. However, Neapolitans found a way to get around this new law by playing tombola at home during the holidays.

Felice Anno Nuovo From Li'l Rizzo's!


2017 may be coming to an end, but a new year is just around the corner. The Lake of theOzarks best Italian restaurant is looking forward to 2018 and everything it has to offer. Li’l Rizzo’s wants to wish you and your family a Felice Anno Nuovo (a Happy New Year)! We look forward to making many new memories and eating the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks in 2018.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

An Italian Christmas

Christmas is just days away and here at Li’l Rizzo’s, we thought it would be fun to take a look at Christmas celebrations in Italy. Believe it or not, Christmas in Italy can look very similar to Christmas here in the United States. There are several traditions, though, that make it unique to their culture. The Christmas season in Italy lasts from the beginning of December till January 6th for La Befana. While St. Nick is a part of their Christmas celebrations, he is not the focus. Instead, they celebrate a kind "old witch" who brings gifts to the children on January 6th. The best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few other interesting and fun facts about Christmas in Italy! Check them out below and come enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks this holiday season.


THE 8 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS


You can expect to see a lot of singers and hear traditional carols around Italy during the 8 days before Christmas, or Novena. If you're around Rome, Southern Italy or Sicily, you may even be lucky enough to see shepherds (zampognari) who come down from the mountains and play bagpipes.

GIFT EXCHANGE


When Italian’s choose to exchange their gifts depends on where they are from. In most places, gifts are exchanged on Christmas day after lunch. However, there are a few northern towns that believe that the blind St. Lucia brings gifts to the children on December 13th, and so they open their gifts then.


CHRISTMAS MARKETS


All throughout Italy, you'll find the joy of Christmas spread throughout the towns and cities. There are Christmas markets full of sweets, fruits, nuts and even gifts. You'll still find Santa around town so you can take photos with him, but you'll also find La Befana (the good witch) so you can take photos with her as well.

SHARING A MEAL


Some Italians believe that Christmas Eve is a day of fasting, and though they may eat a light dinner that night it will mostly consist of fish and no other meats. Christmas dinner, on the other hand, is an extravagant meal, and many Italians will save up so they can make it amazing. On Christmas night, the children will leave milk and "biscotti" (biscuits) out for St. Nick, but on January 6th, they leave "vino rosso" (red wine) for La Befana.


"BUON NATALE" (MERRY CHRISTMAS) FROM LI'L RIZZO'S


The entire family at Li'l Rizzo's wants to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Both of our restaurants will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that we can enjoy the holiday with our family. We hope to see you after the holiday and celebrate the end of this wonderful season at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! Merry Christmas!

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