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The Best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is now blogging!  


Li'l Rizzo's has been locally owned and operated by the Borders family since 1985. Founded by Carol Borders, Mike Rizzo, and Ed Alexander, the original Rizzo's was located on Bagnell Dam Boulevard. The original or "Big Rizzo's" was the first fine dining Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and one of the first to stay open year round!

Rizzo's was an immediate success and Carol soon acquired full ownership. She maintained the name "Rizzo's" and the menu, but had no affiliation with the "Rizzo's" restaurants in St. Louis.  In 1987 Carol opened the first Li'l Rizzo's at the corner of Hwy 54 and KK. The restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks offered pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Memorial Day weekend 1990, Carol and daughter Linda opened the second Li'l Rizzo's on State Road HH. Li'l Rizzo's on HH was a hit, however, at the expense of the original Rizzo's and it was closed in 1991. Carol and son Bill opened the third Li'l Rizzo's adjacent to the Osage Beach Premium Factory Outlets in July 1997.  Li'l Rizzo's, now under the ownership of Carol's son, Bill Borders, has locations in Lake Ozark and Osage Beach.

Come in to one of our two Lake of the Ozarks restaurant locations and enjoy some of the area's best Italian food. We strive to give our guests a great dining experience in a unique Italian atmosphere. Generous portions and a wide variety of menu items, all made from the freshest quality ingredients and served in a casually elegant atmosphere, make for a refreshing dining experience at Lake of the Ozarks.

Enjoy the game or the race on our multiple large flat panel televisions in the Lake of the Ozarks sports bar area, or come in for lunch or dinner with the family. Li'l Rizzo's loves the vacation crowd and the locals. Our friendly servers and bartenders make EVERYONE feel welcome and they work hard to make yours a GREAT experience!

Lake of the Ozarks BEST Italian Food and Sports Bar! 


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