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!