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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