Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Test Your Knowledge on Mizzou Football

On New Year's Day, the Mizzou Tigers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will battle for Citrus Bowl supremacy! A win for the Tigers would break the school record for most wins in a 2-year period and would make the 2014 team only the 4th in MU history to win at least 11 games. Mizzou has won it's last 2 bowl games and a win in the Citrus would give MU its first 3-game bowl win streak since Mizzou won 3 straight in 1973, 1978 and 1979. In anticipation of the big game, Li'l Rizzo's thought it would be fun to challenge you with a little Mizzou Trivia!

1. In 1890, Mizzou played it's first football game against whom?

A. Kansas
B. Nebraska
C. Washington University
D. Illinois

2. In 1907, the University of Missouri was a founding member of what athletic conference?

A. Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association
B. Big Seven Conference
C. The Big Ten
D. The Big Eight

3. What is the Missouri Tigers' Mascot's name?

A. Truman
B. Tommy
C. Terry
D. Tony

4. What is the worst defeat by points that the Missouri Tigers had during the 20th century?

A. 69-0
B. 77-0
C. 56-0
D. 49-3

5. Who replaced coach Don Faurot when he retired in 1956?

Photo From: MissouriNet.com
A. Frank Broyles
B. Dan Devine
C. Al Onofrio
D. Chauncey Simpson

6. Hall of Fame coach Don Faurot was the inventor of what in football?

A. The Wishbone Offense
B. The I Formation
C. The Nickel Defense
D. Split-T Offense

7. In 1978, the Missouri Tigers traveled to Nebraska and won 35-31. What year was the next Tiger victory over Nebraska?

A. 1983
B. 2003
C. 1992
D. 1988

8. Which of these former Missouri Tiger players has the most super bowl rings?

A. Chase Daniel
B. Tony Galbreath
C. Eric Wright
D. Johnny Roland

9. What player quarterbacked the Missouri Tigers in the 1997 Holiday Bowl?

A. Chase Daniel
B. Corby Jones
C. Brad Smith
D. Brad Perry

Photo From: MizzouMagArchives.Missouri.edu
10. In 1990, the Colorado Buffaloes beat the Tigers due to which of the following?

A. Bad Officiating
B. A Fifth Down
C. Both
D. Neither


1. C - Washington University
2. A - Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association
3. A - Truman
4. B - 77-0
5. A - Frank Broyles
6. D - Split-T Offense
7. B - 2003
8. C - Eric Wright
9. B - Corby Jones
10. C - Both

Come on in to our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant and watch Mizzou kick the crap out of Minnesota! The game starts at 12 PM and our big screen TVs are waiting for you. We'll have all your favorites from Pizza to Wings and of course a great selection of beer! Start the New Year off at the BEST sports bar at Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Order Your New Year's Eve Dinner from Li'l Rizzo's

Li'l Rizzo's has delicious food options to help you celebrate the beginning of a new year! Surprisingly versatile, champagne actually pairs well with a variety of foods. The acidity and low sugar content compliment many ingredients found in our Lake of the Ozarks Italian food. Here is a selection of items from our menu that pair nicely with a glass of champagne!

Toasted Ravioli or Mozzerella Sticks

Our golden meat-filled ravioli or our deep-fried mozzerella sticks are the perfect appetizer pairing for champagne. A dry champagne will lighten up the heaviness of the breading on either dish. Sparkling wine also pairs well with fried foods.

Cannelloni con Bianco

Champagne compliments the earthiness of fungi and therefore pairs well with dishes that include a creamy mushroom sauce like our Cammeloni con Bianco. These rolled noodles are stuffed with beef and pork are served covered in our deliciously creamy mushroom sauce. Try to avoid tomato-based sauces, as the champagne will clash with those flavors.

Linguine con Pesce

Champagne pairs deliciously with seafood dishes, making it a perfect match for our Linguine con Pesce. This mixture of shrimp, crabmeat, clams and mushrooms served in our thick cream sauce is the perfect seafood selection to pair with champagne. A sparkling wine with lemon undertones also pairs nicely with crab.

Shrimp Scampi or Other Shrimp Dishes

Shrimp is a classic champagne pairing. Try our Shrimp Scampi or Fettucine with Shrimp. For a bolder choice, check out our Cajun Shrimp. This succulent shrimp is mixed with onions, green and red bell peppers and served in a cajun butter cream sauce. The shrimp flavors are perfectly highlighted when served in a cream sauce and the sparkling wine is semi-sweet with citrus notes.

Place your carry-out order by calling Li'l Rizzo's at 573-302-1500 for pick-up in Osage Beach or 573-365-3003 for pick-up in Lake Ozark. Or come into either of our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant locations and our servers will give you great pairings with the red or white wines on our menu! Happy New Year from everyone here at your favorite Italian restaurant, Li'l Rizzo's! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

4 Fun Facts About Italian Food You May Not Know

Lake of the Ozarks Italian food can be quite different from the traditional cuisine you would find in Italy.  From pizza to pasta, each chef has his or her own take on how it should be made.  At Li'l Rizzo's we focus on generous portions and a wide variety of menu items, all made from the freshest quality ingredients. While Italian food has successfully spread across the world, many facts about traditional Italian cuisine remain unknown or misunderstood.  Here are some interesting facts about Italian food that you may not know!

1. Traditional Italian pizza virtually always has thin crust. 

Everyone knows that pizza originated in Italy.  However, something they may not know is what that pizza actually looks like.  Today we have everything from deep dish to thin crust and everything in between, with as many different toppings as you can think of.  Most of the pizza served in America has little resemblance to that which you'd find in Italy. Authentic Italian pizza virtually always has thin crust.

2. Pepperoni pizza is an American variation on Italian food. 

If you order a "pepperoni" pizza in Italy, you may be surprised when they bring out a vegetarian pizza for you.  In Italy, the word "peperoni" means bell pepper.  So if you order a pepperoni pizza, you're going to end up with a spicy, thin-crust pizza loaded with peppers. The standard pepperoni pizza as we know it in the United States doesn't event exisit in Italy.  Pepperoni is an entirely American type of salami sausage, usually made from a mixture of pork and beef.

3. Fettuccini alfredo is not traditional Italian cuisine. 

While spaghetti and lasagna are essential to traditional Italian cuisine, Fettuccini Alfredo is not. In fact, if you try to order it in Italy, it most likely won't be on the menu. This recipe didn't even originate until 1914, when chef Alfredo di Lelio created it as a trademark menu item at this eponymous restaurant in Rome, Alfredo. He eventually opened up a restaurant in New York, where his dish became famous and spread across the U.S. In Italy, Fettuccini Alfredo remains Alfredo di Lelio's recipe and most chefs have not added it to their menus.

4. You can tell if pasta is under-cooked by throwing it at the wall. 

If you've ever eaten stiff or overly chewy pasta, you know that its a fact pasta can be under-cooked or over-cooked. Overcooking pasta is a big concern in Italy.  The term "al dente" is used to describe when the noodles have reached the perfect level of preparation. You've probably heard about throwing spaghetti at a wall to see if it sticks and it's true!  Italian chefs actually do use this test to see if the noodles are done. However, you have to be careful because pasta will stick to the wall if it is overcooked as well.  While slightly overcooked pasta may not have too much of a difference in taste, studies have shown that over-cooked pasta is more difficult to process and digest than that cooked to perfection.  

While knowing these facts can be a great conversation topic over dinner at your favorite Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant, the important thing is that you see what Italian food has to offer and find what your family loves most.  At Li'l Rizzo's we have everything from Alfredo to Spaghetti and thin crust "Pepperoni" pizza to vegetarian pizza.  Stop on by either of our Lake locations and check out the BEST Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks!  

Source: https://www.udemy.com/blog/italian-food-facts/

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Testimonials of the BEST Italian Food at the Lake!

Li'l Rizzo's has the BEST Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks!  We strive to give our guests a great dining experience in a unique Italian atmosphere. Generous portions and a wide variety of menu options, all made from the freshest ingredients, make for a refreshing dining experience.  Don't just take our word for it though, check out these raving testimonials from our wonderful customers!


"This is an excellent place to eat and take your family. I have been going to Li'l Rizzo's for years, and it is still one of my favorite places to eat. They have two locations in the Lake of the Ozarks area, however the location at Horseshoe Bend Parkway, offers a better atmosphere, and view. The pizza is especially worthy to add to this review."  - Kriss E of St. Louis, Missouri 

Excellent Italian Restaurant with Character

"This is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever eaten at. It is small and friendly, is located on easy-access street with off-street parking, has a warm dining room plus a comfortable outside deck with a pretty lake view, and has a long bar separated from the dining room which also serves as a friendly drop-in bar for the locals. They are known for their chicken wings -- the the wings with a house salad and a glass of wine, yummm."  - Nancy D

Li'l Rizzo's Restaurant 

"Any time we are near the Mall at the Lake, we stop at Li'l Rizzo's. When the kids were at Mizzou, we ate there a lot. The food was always wonderful and the atmosphere was electric. They have some of the best Italian food in the USA and they have always treated us like guests not just customers. We just love the place."  - Albert H of Carthage, Missouri

Pizza Heaven! 

"Since moving to the Lake, we will eat pizza ONLY at Li'l Rizzo's. Coming from the northeast of the U.S., we consider ourselves more than qualified to judge great pizza, and this is it. Also, make sure to order a house salad, which surely contains at least 1/4 lb of yummy cheeses. Both locations serve the same spectacular salad, pizza and Italian food."  - Patricia M of Rush Hill, Missouri  

Always a Treat! 

"Ate here again last week and had spaghetti and meat sauce and their salad. Delish! Especially love their salad. It is a fun place to dine and the servers are always courteous. Their pizza is also special if you are in the mood for a pizza! I dined at the Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach and look forward to returning."  - Local Patron 1

Tasty, fun, cozy (in the winter), friendly remarkable! 

"Traditionally we go to Li'l Rizzo's on our "check-in" day. We've never, ever been disappointed! Service is phenomenal, food is fantastic and atmosphere is welcoming! What more can you ask for on your first day of a great vacation!!!!"  - Carolyn Meeka

Great Local Italian Restaurant

"We had dinner at Li'l Rizzo's last night, and what an experience! Our server -- Madison -- was simply outstanding. She memorized our order; delivered our drinks first then quickly followed with our appetizer (the spinach dip is one of the best we've ever had). She gave us about 10 minutes after finishing before bringing our salads, and then about 10 minutes after finishing our salads before bringing our entrees. My wife's sausage and peppers was about the best either of us have ever tasted. My grilled chicken with garlic and mushrooms was excellent too; sort of a pasta primavera with grilled chicken. The overall experience was truly one of our best at the Lake; we'll definitely be back to Li'l Rizzo's on our next trip."  - J MacMurdo of Illinois


"Of the Italian food in the area we liked this one the best! I grew up with home cooked Italian food and it was hard for me to find a place that comes close to home - You did it! Great service, great prices, great portions! Thank you!"  - Dr. Al of Kansas City, Missouri

Come in to either of our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant locations and see what everyone is talking about!  From pasta to pizza and our amazing house salad, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Join us from 4-6 PM to take advantage of the BEST Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks featuring half price appetizers and drink specials!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Customer Appreciation Night

Join us Thursday, December 11th at our Osage Beach location for our Customer Appreciation Night! Li'l Rizzo's would like to thank all of our amazing customers with a night of food and fun.  Happy Hour is from 4-6 PM, followed by a free buffet from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Spontaneous Serendipity will be providing musical entertainment from 5:30-8:30 PM.  Come out and celebrate with us!


Enjoy many of our delicious menu items for FREE!  This is our way of saying Thank You for all your support in helping make our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks such a success!
  • Appetizers
  • Pizza 
  • Pasta
  • House Salad

Get the BEST Italian Food around at Li'l Rizzo's! From pizza to pasta, all our menu items are made with the freshest quality ingredients and make for a refreshing dining experience.  Our Lake Ozark restaurant location will be closed next Thursday to allow for more staff at the Osage Beach location that night.  We hope to see you see you there!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BIG Football Weekend at Li'l Rizzo's

Li'l Rizzo's hopes all of our great customers have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  After the holiday, join us at Li'l Rizzo's for one of the BIGGEST football weekends of the year!  Both of our Lake of the Ozarks sports bar locations offer multiple large screen TVs for your viewing pleasure.  Here's what's going on with our Missouri teams, as well as some other big games this weekend:



Arkansas at Mizzou at 1:30 PM


We have a big slate of college games on Saturday including: 

Georgia vs. Georgia Tech at 11 AM

Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss at 2:30 PM

Iron Bowl: Auburn vs. Alabama at 6:45 PM


Oakland at St. Louis at 12:00 PM

And the BIG game of the weekend...GO CHIEFS!!

Denver at Kansas City at 7:30 PM

While you're at the BEST Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, try some of our delicious appetizers, tasty pizzas and award winning wings!  We have everything to make your game day the best.  Don't forget about our Happy Hour all day Sunday! Enjoy half price appetizers and discounted drinks during your favorite NFL game.  See you soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Get Your Holiday Gift Cards Now!

As we dive into the Holiday Season, one thing on everyone's mind is how to get all the shopping done. Let's face it, we all have at least one family member that is extremely hard to buy for.  Make your holiday shopping easy with Li'l Rizzo's gift cards.  Our gift cards make the perfect stocking stuffer!  Who doesn't enjoy getting delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks for FREE?

Gift Card Promotion

Li'l Rizzo's has a great gift card promotion to get you more bang for your buck!  We are offering a FREE gift card with every gift card purchased.  The free gift cards are valued at 20% of the original gift card value.  For example, if you purchase a $50 gift card, you'll get a $10 gift card for free and if you buy a $100 gift card, you'll get a $20 one for free and so on.  Now you can get your holiday shopping done and get a little something for yourself, for free, while you're at it!

You can use your Li'l Rizzo's gift cards at either of our convenient Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant locations.  From our pasta and pizza to our salad and award winning wings, we have something for everyone's tastes.  Have a sports fanatic in the family? Our Lake of the Ozarks sports bar, with brand new big screen TVs, is the perfect place for him or her to enjoy appetizers during the game.  With the freshest quality ingredients and very generous portions, our dining experience makes the perfect gift this holiday season!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Shopping Season is Upon Us!

Temperatures are dropping, snow is in the forecast and Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away. Now is the time to start your Holiday shopping!

The Lake of the Ozarks offers the perfect shopping experience with Kohl's, Target, local shops and of course the 110 outlet mall. Take a break from shopping to enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Li'l Rizzo's is directly across the street from the mall.  While the men are out in the woods hunting, you can be hunting for the best deals this Holiday season!

Osage Beach Premium Outlets

Join us for a giving season with the exceptional brands you love at extraordinary savings.  For holiday shopping that's always worth the trip visit Osage Beach Premium Outlets.  Find impressive savings at Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap, Factory Store, J. Crew, Nautica, Nike, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more!

1st Annual Deer Widows Weekend - November 14-16

Deer Widows Weekend features Bargain Hunting at its best!  Enjoy special savings and in-store promotions all weekend long. Plus visit Tommy Hilfiger and Under Armour throughout the weekend to enjoy free gifts and prizes.  For more details and the list of participating stores, click here.

Event Hours: 
Friday, Nov. 14 from 10 AM - 9 PM
Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, Nov. 16 from 10 AM - 9 PM

Shopping sure does work up an appetite!  Stop in Li'l Rizzo's for lunch, dinner or just some drinks with the girls.  Happy Hour is from 4-6 pm every Monday through Friday. Our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant is conveniently located directly across from the outlet mall.  Come experience the ultimate shopping experience at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Let Li'l Rizzo's Cater Your Next Party!

Whether you're having a birthday or anniversary coming up, wedding or holiday party, let Li'l Rizzo's provide the catering!  Our delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks will put your gathering over the top.  Guests will enjoy savory appetizers, delicious pastas and more.  Check out these options from our spectacular catering menu!


Toasted Ravioli
Garlic Toast
Sampler Platter (Wings, Cheese Sticks, Toasted Ravioli, Spinach Dip)


1/2 Pan (12 Side Salads)
Full Pan (24 Side Salads)


1/2 Pan Feeds 7-10 People
Full Pan Feeds 8-20 People

Lasagna (9/18 Servings)
Spinach Lasagna (9/18 Servings)

Spaghetti and Meatballs (5/10 Meatballs)
Spaghetti and Italian Sausage (5/10 Sausages)
Baked Mostacioli
Spaghetti with Meatsauce
Chicken John

Canneloni con Bianco
Canneloni con Salsa

Cavatelli con Broccoli
Fettucine Alfredo
Fettucine con Pollo
Tortellini Alfredo

Pesto Primavera
Cavatelli Primavera
Beef Ravioli


Serves 12 and includes House Salad and Side of Cavatelli con Broccoli or Mostaccioli with Meatsauce

Chicken Speidini
Chicken Modiga
Chicken Rizzo
Chicken Parmesan
Chicken Piccatta
Beef Soto
Beef Speidini

Our catering at the Lake of the Ozarks is perfect for any occasion!  Please call 573-348-3600 to speak with a friendly catering specialist.  Catering department hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.  If you're calling after hours, please leave a message.  You can also send an email to kim@lilrizzos.com.  Let Li'l Rizzo's help make your event one people won't forget!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

The BEST Happy Hour at the Lake!

What's better than eating the BEST Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks?  How about enjoying 1/2 price appetizers on top of the already great drink specials during Happy Hour!  Join us Monday through Friday from 4-6 at either location to take advantage of the BEST Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Happy Hour Drink Specials

  • 1/2 Off Domestic Beers
  • $1 Off Premium Draft 
  • 1/2 Off Well Drinks
  • 1/2 Off House Wines

Li'l Rizzo's Appetizers

Spinach, Green Chili and Jalapeno Dip
delicious, creamy spinach dip with chopped green chilies and jalapenos

Chicken Tenders
strips of boneless chicken breast served with our special dipping sauce

Loaded Potato Skins
potato cups filled with bacon, scallions and melted provel cheese

Portobello Mushroom
sauteed in butter, garlic and Rizzo's marinade

Toasted Ravioli 
golden meat-filled ravioli sprinkled with parmesan and served with a side of meat sauce

Cheese Sticks
mozzarella stick deep-fried to a golden brown and served with a side of marinara sauce

6 oz. homemade meatball served with meatsauce and parmesan cheese

Bruschetta Bread 
toasted bread topped with tomato, basil, garlic and parmesan cheese

Garlic Cheese Bread 

Li'l Rizzo's is the BEST Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks!  In addition to our great appetizers, we have a great menu from pastas to pizzas.  Bring the family in or stop by with friends to catch the big game on our new flat panel televisions.  Our friendly servers and bartenders are ready to make your experience at Li'l Rizzo's great!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The BEST Pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Li'l Rizzo's is the place to celebrate National Pizza Month.  With the freshest quality ingredients, our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant has the BEST pizza around.  Choose how you want your pizza made or select one of our specialty pizzas. If you love thin crust, you will love our St. Louis style thin crust pizza, topped with hand cut fresh vegetables, premium meats and the finest cheeses!

Pizza Menu at Li'l Rizzo's

Cheese Pizza
Small 10" - $7.98 ~ Medium 14" - $11.98 ~ Large 16" - $13.98

Specialty Pizzas
Small: $10.98 ~ Medium: $17.98 ~ Large: $20.98
  • Supreme - sausage, onion, bacon, pepperoni, mushroom, black olive
  • Macho Meat - pepperoni, bacon, hamburger, canadian bacon, sausage 
  • Veggie - mushroom, tomato, zucchini, broccoli, green pepper, onion
  • Hawaiian - pineapple, canadian bacon, green pepper
  • BBQ Chicken - roasted garlic chicken, bacon and onion in our tangy barbeque sauce
  • Buffalo Chicken - chicken tossed in our original wing sauce with bacon and green pepper
  • The Portobello - portobello mushrooms and roasted garlic chicken

Seafood Pizza: Small - $12.98, Medium - $19.98 and Large - $26.98

Additional Toppings: 
You can add additional toppings for an extra fee: Small - $1.20, Medium - $1.60 and Large - $1.80
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Pepperoni 
  • Pineapple
  • Green Pepper
  • Sausage 
  • Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Zucchini (seasonal) 
  • Bacon
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli 
  • Jalapeno
  • Black Olive 
  • Hamburger
  • Anchovies
  • Pepperoncini 

Li'l Rizzo's has two convenient locations at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Dine-In for a unique Italian experience or order carry out and enjoy our delicious food in the comfort of your own home.  We're open 11 AM to 10 PM every day of the week. Stop in and enjoy some of the BEST pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pizza Trivia for National Pizza Month

Pizza is one of America's favorite foods, right up there with burgers and fries.  Although pizza may have originated in Europe and would be considered Italian Cuisine at the Lake of the Ozarks and across the US, Americans have accepted it as their own. To continue in the celebration of National Pizza Month, here are some interesting facts about pizza that you may not have known!

Margherita Pizza

Many of you may be wondering where the popular Margherita pizza got its name. The name actually came from Italy's Queen Margherita who visited the Pizzeria Brandi in Naples in 1889.  The pizza maker created a pizza for her that contained the three colors of the new Italian flag: the red of tomato, white of the mozzarella and fresh green basil.

The Largest Pizza

The largest pizza ever made and baked was 122 ft. 8 in. in diameter and weighed 26,883 pounds.  To make this pizza, 9,920 lbs of flour, 198 lbs of salt 3968 lbs of cheeese and 1,984 lbs of tomato puree were needed.  It was made in Norwood, South Africa by Norwood Hypermarket on December 8, 1990.

The First Pizzerias

North America's first pizzeria opened in New York City in 1905 by a man named Gennaro Lombardi. The first "Pizza Hut" in the now popular chain of pizza restaurants appeared in the United States during the 1930s.  Pizza Hut now has over 12,500 stores in over 90 different countries.

Pizza Package Saver

Have you ever wondered who invented the little plastic circular thing that keeps your pizza cheese from sticking to the top of the box?  It was invented by Carmela Vitale of Bix Hills, New York.  She first filed for US patent on February 10, 1983 and it was issued to her on February 12, 1985.  For more information on the pizza package saver and how it works, click here.

Pizza Topping Trivia

  • Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second or 100 acres of pizza per day
  • 36% of those pizza slices are pepperoni slices, making pepperoni the number one choice among pizza toppings in the US
  • Americans consume around 251,770, pounds of pepperonis each year
  • Each person in America eats roughly 46 slices per year
  • Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year
  • In India, their favorite toppings include: pickled ginger, minced mutton and paneer cheese
  • In Japan, their favorite toppings include: mayo Jaga (combination of mayo, potato and bacon), eel and squid 
  • In Brazil, they love green peas on pizza
  • In Russia, they love red herring on pizza

Italian food is the most popular type of Ethnic food in America!  Li'l Rizzo's offers Italian food at two great locations at the Lake.  Our food is made with only the freshest quality ingredients and our friendly staff is committed to providing a great experience for you.  So come on in and enjoy the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's National Pizza Month!

October is National Pizza Month! Have you ever wondered where pizza came from? Why do we have an entire month dedicated to the celebration of pizza?  Your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks did some research and we have the answers!  In honor of National Pizza Month, here are some things about pizza you may not have known!

History of the Pizza

Although the exact origin of the "Pizza" can be argued, Naples is known as the home of modern pizza.  Pizza began as a peasant's meal; they used what few ingredients they could get their hands on to produce modern pizza dough and then topped it with olive oil and herbs.

The introduction of the Water Buffalo gave pizza another dimension with mozzarella cheese.  While other cheeses have made their way onto our American style pizzas, no Italian pizzeria would ever use the dried shredded type of cheese we do.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, the true modern Italian pizza was born.  Before then, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous.  The innovative and possibly starving peasants of Naples started using the fruit in their foods, including pizza.  It took time for the rest of society to accept this peasant food, but once the aristocracy tried pizza, they couldn't get enough!

Origin of National Pizza Month

Although the contributions of those first pizzerias in the United States cannot be ignored, the returning American soldiers who fought in Italy during World War II were really who brought the love of pizza to the states and pushed its popularity.

October was designated as National Pizza Month in 1984 by Gerry Durnell, the founder of Pizza Today magazine.  The month was chosen because the first issue of the magazine debuted in October of that year.  As a pizzeria owner in Santa Claus, Indiana, Durnell realized there was no publication to support his growing business or the industry in general.  His creation of the national magazine, as well as National Pizza Month, served his purpose and solved the problem.

National Pizza Month Today

Today, National Pizza Month is still observed every October across the United States and some of Canada.  However, every month could be considered National Pizza Month with the amount of pizza we consume each month.

There are an estimated 63,000 pizzerias in the country and 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month.  This puts the consumption at about 45 slices per person in the United States each year.  As evidenced by devouring 100 acres of pizza per day or 350 slices per second, Americans definitely love their pizza!

What better place to enjoy your favorite pizza than the best Italian restaurant at the Lake? Celebrate National Pizza Month by grabbing a slice, or two with your favorite toppings. Li'l Rizzo's is the place to go for the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks. With two great locations, great pizza is just around the corner.  You can dine in for a unique Italian experience or take your pizza home with you!  


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meet Bill Borders

Li'l Rizzo's has been in the Borders family since the very beginning!  Carol Borders, along with Mike Rizzo and Ed Alexander, founded the original Rizzo's in 1985.  The restaurant was a success and soon Carol acquired full ownership.  Two other restaurants have since opened, which brings us to her son Bill.  Carol and Bill opened the Premium Outlets location together and now he runs both it and the Horseshoe Bend location.  To get to know who's running your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks today, we asked Bill some questions and here are his answers!

Q:  Tell us about your family. 

A:  My mother is a remarkable woman who overcame many obstacles to become a successful business person. She moved to the Lake from St. Louis in the spring of 1985 to be the dining room manager of a new Italian Restaurant.  She worked tirelessly at Rizzo's and ultimately bought the business from her partners.  She opened three more successful restaurants before her retirement in 2003.

I have an incredible, lovely wife Windy, we have been married for 8 years this October.  The two greatest joys in my life are my daughters Rogan, age 5 and Dagen 3.  Now that the girls are in school Windy has become more active in the business of Rizzo's, my retirement plan perhaps?

Q: What’s your favorite movie and why? 

A:  I don't know that I have a favorite movie, but I am an avid history buff, especially American History.  I love anything set in a period from the past.

Q:  What kind of music do you listen to? 

A:  I rarely listen to music anymore, but when I do I like RUSH!

Q:  What did you enjoy most about serving in the US Navy? 

A:  I was working at McDonnell Aircraft Company in St. Louis when a friend told me he had just joined the Navy to be a pilot and was shipping out next week.  Flying F-18's sounded a lot better to me than building F-18's, so I rushed down to the recruiting office and filled out an application.  Three weeks later I was on my way to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for Aviation Officer's Candidate school.

One of the first things you do at NAS Pensacola is submit to an extensive physical exam where I failed the vision requirements to become a pilot.  I was given the opportunity and agreed to stay on as a Naval Flight Officer which in most cases is the back-seater/weapons system operator. Flying in the Navy, on and around aircraft carriers was the greatest experience in my life until I had children.  The sense of pride and duty to country you derive from military service is hard to explain but extremely fulfilling.

Q:  Why did you get in the restaurant business? 

A:  When I was a kid my parents owned a neighborhood bar in St. Louis and I can remember going in on Sundays and helping my dad clean.  He would hand me a broom and tell me to sweep the parking lot.  My interests were always in aviation and I really had no desire to be in the food and beverage business, but after leaving the military, and a failed attempt at a business in Kansas City I needed a job.  So, in the Spring of '94 I became my mother's retirement plan.

Q:  What motivates you at work? 

A:  This may sound cheesy to some people, but what motivates Windy and I is the responsibility we have to our employees to run a successful business.  We have many families who depend on us for their livelihood and that is a responsibility we do not take lightly.  Yes, the profit motive is there, but you must take care of your customers and employees first and the rest will take care of its self.

Q: What’s your favorite item on your menu? 

A: Pizza, because there are endless variations.

Q:  What do you like to do in your spare time? 

A:  Please define "spare time".

Q:  Who do you admire most and why? 

A:  I admire everyone who gets up in the morning when it's difficult to keep going and the easy thing to do is quit.

Be sure to stop into either of our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant locations to try Bill's favorite menu item, the Pizza!  As he said, there are so many different variations to choose from. so there's something for everyone in the family to love!  For the best Italian food at Lake of the Ozarks, it's Li'l Rizzo's!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Did you say Gummy Bears on the Menu?

Li'l Rizzo's has the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks!  We're open for lunch and dinner, so come on in anytime for a delicious meal with the family.  You can even take our food on the go if you're in a hurry.  With a special kid's menu featuring gummy bears, Li'l Rizzo's is a hit for children and adults alike!

Li'l Rizzo's Kids Menu 

The kid's menu at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant is for kids 12 and under. Kid's meals include coca-cola products, tea or apple juice.  A side of gummy bears is $0.95.

*Gummy Bear Pizza 
6" cheese pizza with a side of gummy bears

*Spaghetti and Meat Sauce 

*Cavatelli Con Broccoli 

*Chicken Tender and Fries 
Homemade chicken tender and fries

*Fettuccini Alfredo 

Stop by either of our two locations to enjoy one of Lake of the Ozarks' best restaurants!  At Li'l Rizzo's you'll enjoy a great dining experience in a unique, family-friendly atmosphere.  Dine in between 4 and 6 pm on the weekdays to enjoy half price appetizers while you're meal is prepared!  So what are you waiting for?  Stop by Li'l Rizzo's Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW Rewards Program at Li'l Rizzo's is Here!

Li'l Rizzo's is please to announce the kickoff of our new and much improved, Rizzo's Rewards Program!

Now instead of giving the server your name for them to look up, you will be given a code on your receipt.  You will need to text in that code to get your reward points.

If you have points from our previous rewards program, don't worry!  Your points from the previous program are still in place and can be used on your next visit to our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant, but to earn new points you must enroll in the new Rewards Program.

Li'l Rizzo's Rewards Instructions

1. To join, simply text REWARDS to 573-622-4008 and you will be enrolled automatically. 

2. A $5 discount offer will be sent to your phone just for joining! 

3. Each time you dine at Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will need to locate the rewards code at the bottom of your receipt. 

4. You will need to text this code to 573-622-4008 to collect your points. 

5. You will then receive a reply with the total number of points you have collected. 

Li'l Rizzo's has two different locations at the Lake, by the outlet mall and on Horseshoe Bend. Stop in to see us and start collecting your rewards! Earn points at either location when you enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Contact us at 573-302-1500 for more information.