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. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Who's ready for some Football at Li'l Rizzo's?

Football season is finally here!  Come on in to either of our Lake of the Ozarks sports bar locations to watch both college and NFL action.

How about we throw in some 1/2 PRICE appetizers while you watch NFL! Happy Hour is now ALL DAY on Sundays!  So grab your friends and come on in to Li'l Rizzo's for your favorite college or NFL game.

We love our Missouri teams, so here are some upcoming games to watch:

Mizzou Tigers 

September 13 - Mizzou vs. UCF at 11 AM
September 20 - Mizzou vs. Indiana at 3 PM
September 27 - Mizzou at South Carolina (Time TBA)

Kansas City Chiefs 

September 14 - Kansas City at Denver at 3:25 PM
September 21 - Kansas City at Miami at 3:25 PM
September 29 - Kansas City vs. Patriots at 7:30 PM - MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!

St. Louis Rams 

September 14 - St. Louis at Tampa Bay at 3:05 PM
September 21 - St. Louis vs. Cowboys at 12:00 PM
September 28 - Bye week

For the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks choose Li'l Rizzos! Our wings pair perfectly with a draft beer and a football game.  Our multiple large flat panel televisions in the sports bar area ensure a great view of the game.  Our friendly servers and bartenders work hard to make your Game Day experience a GREAT one!

Lake of the Ozarks BEST Italian Food and Sports Bar! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Have Your Next Party at Li'l Rizzo's

Li'l Rizzo's is the perfect place to host your next party or event!  Either location can accommodate groups small or large.  We offer a wide range of menu items to make your party great.  From wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners to corporate events and private parties, we can do it all!

Hosting Your Event

  • Horseshoe Bend location can accommodate parties up to 100 inside or up to 190 if the weather permits use of the outside seating. 
  • Osage Beach location can accommodate parties up to 200. 
  • Guests can pre-order items from our catering menu and we can also provide off menu items such as prime rib and more! 
  • Cost of the event will vary depending on time of year, menu selections and number of guests. 
  • Perfect place for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, private parties and more! 

Catering Menu

Here are few of our popular catering items.  For our full catering menu, please visit: http://www.lilrizzos.com/LR%20catering%20menu%201111.pdf

Appetizer: Toasted Ravioli
Golden meat-filled ravioli sprinkled with parmesan and served with a side of meat sauce

Li'l Rizzo's "World Famous" House Salad
Iceberg and romaine lettuce tossed with diced red peppers, green onions, provel and parmesan cheese in our house dressing

Pasta: Cavatelli Con Broccoli
Shell-shaped noodles with broccoli and mushrooms in our thick alfredo sauce. 

Entree: Chicken Parmesan
Lightly breaded, charbroiled, topped with a garlic butter sauce over angel hair pasta.  Served with House Salad and a side of Cavatelli con Broccoli or Mostaccioli with Meatsauce. 

For a summer event, our Italian restaurant at Lake of the Ozarks on Horsehoe Bend has a great outdoor patio featuring a spectacular view of the lake.  Our Osage Beach location is perfect for larger indoor gatherings.  Both places provide a family-friendly, smoke free environment perfect for any occasion.  Contact us today at 573-348-3600.  Our Lake of the Ozarks catering specialist is here to take care of your every need!

Lake of the Ozarks BEST Italian Food and Sports Bar!