Thursday, December 31, 2015

Li'l Rizzo's New Year's Resolutions!

The New Year is finally here, and now it's time to take advantage of the moment to make some resolutions. From losing weight, to getting more organized, people around the country will be coming up with resolutions that they'll try to keep all year long. At Li'l Rizzo's, we know the value of a good resolution, so we've composed a few of our favorites that can help achieve a great 2016, and they'll be easy to keep too!

Eat More Pizza

Li'l Rizzo's has the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks, so why not spend all of 2016 enjoying it! From the Macho Meat to the veggie all of our specialty pizzas are delicious and can be enjoyed by anyone. Here are just a few of our delicious combinations that you should make it a point to enjoy this year:

Seafood Pizza
Our homemade cream sauce topped with shrimp, clams, real crab meat, mushrooms, and bacon.

The Sicilian
Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Crumbled Meatballs and chopped Garlic.

Buffalo Chicken
Chicken tossed in our original wing sauce with bacon and green peppers.

Sausage, onion, bacon, pepperoni, mushroom, black olives.

Drink More Wine

Ringing in the New Year wouldn't be complete without a refined glass of one of our house wines. Any of our delicious meals can be paired with a fantastic wine. Here is a list of our house wines:
  • Chardonnay, La Terre, Ca
  • Merlot, La Terre, Ca
  • Cabernet, La Terre, Ca
  • Lambrusco, Ed Hardy
  • Pinot Grigio, La Fiera Ita
  • Pinot Noir B&g Bistro, Fr

Keep up with Every Game

While Li'l Rizzo's is a great experience when you're looking for the best sit-down restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are also a great place to come when you want to keep up with the game. We have many televisions scattered around both of our Lake of the Ozarks restaurants, and we have two giant TVs at the bar in Osage Beach. When you want to keep up with every score and the big play in 2016, come to Li'l Rizzo's for the best place to watch the game at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Enjoy More Happy Hours

We have the best happy hour at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we'd love to prove it to you. Our half price appetizers are a wonderful way to kick back and relax after work, and combined with our drink specials you will be glad you came. Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM you can come enjoy a break at either of our two locations and for a limited time only you can come out for ALL DAY happy hour on Sunday's. With such a great deal, you will want to enjoy our happy hour all year long!

Try Everything on the Li'l Rizzo's Menu

Our final resolution for 2016 is to try everything on the Li'l Rizzo's menu. You'll never know how fabulous each and every one of our dishes can be until you've tried every last one. From our savory pizzas, fantastic lunch specials and our decadent dessert menu, you'll want to start the menu all over again once you finish! Come out and enjoy the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks for 2016 and see how many different dishes you can try.

Best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

Li'l Rizzo's is the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and we would love to welcome you to come and enjoy a meal with us. We have been in business at the Lake since 1987, and we are proud to be spending another New Year with you. Make plans to come out and enjoy 2016 with us and we'll continue to serve up the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Celebrate Christmas the Italian Way!

Christmas in Italy can look very similar to Christmas here in the States. There are several traditions, though, that make it unique to only their culture. The Christmas season lasts from the beginning of December till January 6th for La Befana. While St. Nick is a part of their Christmas celebrations, he is not the focus, and instead, they celebrate a kind "old witch" who brings gifts to the children on January 6th. Here are a few other interesting and fun facts about Christmas in Italy!

The 8 Days of Christmas

You can expect to see lots of singers and hear traditional carols around Italy for the 8 days before Christmas, or Novena. If you're around Rome, Southern Italy or Sicily you may even be lucky enough to see shepherds (zampognari) who come down from the mountains and play bagpipes.

Christmas Markets

All throughout Italy you'll find the joy of Christmas spread our the towns and cities. There are Christmas markets full sweets, fruits, nuts and gifts. While you'll still find Santa around town so you can take photos with him, you'll also find La Befana (the good witch) so you can take photos with her as well. You can learn more about the Christmas markets, as well as La Befana in this video:

Gift Exchange

The time of day the Italian's choose to exchange their gifts could give you a clue as to where they are from. In most places gifts are exchanged on Christmas day after lunch. There are a few northern towns that believe that the blind St. Lucia brings gifts to the children on December 13th, and so they open their gifts then.

Sharing a Meal

Some Italians believe that Christmas Eve is a day of fasting, and though they may eat a light dinner that night it will mostly consist of fish and not other meats. Christmas dinner is an extravagant meal, and many Italians will save up so they can make it amazing. On Christmas night the children will leave milk and "biscotti" (biscuits) out for St. Nick, but on January 6th, they leave "vino rosso" (red wine) for La Befana.

"Buon Natale" (Merry Christmas) from Li'l Rizzo's

The entire Li'l Rizzo's family wants to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Both of our restaurants will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that we can enjoy the holiday with our family. We hope to see you after the holiday and celebrate the end of this wonderful season at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

The 10 Most Popular Pizza Toppings

There are more pizza toppings in the world than you could shake a slice at. From avocado to calamari, your location can depend on what is popular in your area. At Li'l Rizzo's we have 17 delicious toppings on the menu if you want to create your own custom pizza, or we have eight specialty pizzas with tried and true combinations that will make your mouth water!

Most Popular Pizza Toppings

1. Pepperoni
2. Mushrooms
3. Onions
4. Sausage
5. Bacon
6. Extra Cheese
7. Black Olives
8. Green Peppers
9. Pineapple
10. Spinach

Specialty Pizzas at Li'l Rizzo's

Sausage, onion, bacon, pepperoni, mushroom, black olive.

Macho Meat
Pepperoni, bacon, hamburger, Canadian bacon, sausage.

Mushroom, tomato, green pepper, onion.

pineapple, Canadian bacon, green peppers

BBQ Chicken
roasted garlic chicken, bacon, onions in our tangy barbecue sauce.

Seafood Pizza
Our homemade cream sauce topped with shrimp, clams, real crab meat, mushrooms, and bacon.

Buffalo Chicken
Chicken tossed in our original wing sauce with bacon and green peppers.

The Sicilian
Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, crumbled meatballs and chopped garlic

Li'l Rizzo's Delicious Pizza Toppings

  • Canadian Bacon
  • Pepperoni
  • Pineapple
  • Green Pepper
  • Italian Sausage
  • Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Bacon
  • Tomato
  • Fresh Jalapeno
  • Black Olive
  • Hamburger
  • Green Olives
  • Roasted Garlic Chicken
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Red Onion
  • Chopped Garlic

Best Pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks

Treat yourself to a relaxing meal before the holiday's set in. Our delicious pizza and savory pasta are just what you need to gear up for all of the holiday baking you may be doing. Don't forget that Sunday's are ALL DAY Happy Hour! Come in and enjoy an afternoon or evening with your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, and get gift cards for your friends and family while you're here!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

What We're Craving in December

The holiday's are upon us folks, and one of the greatest ways to enjoy them is with your family gathered around the dinner table. Li'l Rizzo's has a diverse menu full of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. This month we have some fabulous favorites on the menu, and we'd love for you to come in and try a few that we're craving!

Loaded Potato Skins

When you put potato's and bacon together, it just doesn't get much better! Then we top it off with scallion and melted cheese, and it got better. We LOVE these loaded potato skins and all of the flavors they hold. They make a wonderful appetizer to share...or just eat by yourself!

Seafood Pizza

We have the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks, so naturally we took it up a notch! This delicious seafood pizza is layered with a homemade cream sauce and then topped with succulent shrimp, delicious clams, real crab meat. Then we load on the mushrooms and bacon, and you'll love this favorite even more!

Chocolate Calzone

Top the night off with our savory chocolate calzone. The flakey pastry shell is filled with rich, dark chocolate. Then we top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled chocolate syrup. You won't be able to resist the chocolatey goodness in this amazing dessert.

Candy Cane Cocktail

'Tis the season to enjoy the most festive drink on our menu. Our candy cane cocktail is a delicious combination of peppermint schnapps, creme de cocoa, a splash of grenadine, some 7UP and some half and half to make it creamy. This beverage just screams "Merry Christmas"!

Give the Gift of Yum!

Don't forget that when you buy a gift card at Li'l Rizzo's, you can get one free for 10% of the total! You can purchase our gifts cards online or in the store. This would be a wonderful gift to give to anyone, young and old alike. While you're picking up your gift card, be sure to sit down and enjoy some of our amazing drinks.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

5 People Who Would LOVE the Gift of Yum!

While you may not be buried in wrapping paper and bows yet, it is time to get your Christmas lists organized and start the shopping! There are always people in your life that you just don't know what to get, so Li'l Rizzo's is going to make sure you can give the gift that keeps on giving.

Here are five different people that would be perfect candidates for a Li'l Rizzo's gift card!

The Person Who Has EVERYTHING

You know the one we're talking about. The person who always goes shopping for themselves, they never need anything, and they have everything. What are you supposed to get such an independent person like this? We suggest that there are fewer things better than a gift card, and ever better yet, a gift card for food!


Treat your newlywed friends to a night out. For some newlyweds, the budget can be tight and one of the first things to be removed from the budget is dining out. Give the lovebirds a chance to sit back and relax, while never having to dirty a dish!

The Food Connoisseur

If you have a friend or family member who LOVES to eat, loves to dine and love a great sit-down experience - give them the gift of YUM. At Li'l Rizzo's, they can enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks and exceptional service.

College Students

This group of individuals loves nothing more than free food and free money. When they don't get to enjoy home-cooked meals every night, remind them of home with the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks. From spicy wings, fresh pizza, and savory pasta, you can't go wrong with a Li'l Rizzo's gift card for the student in your life.

Young Families

From family members, friends and next door neighbors, there are many young families who would LOVE to have a night out. Give mom a break from the dishes and cooking, and offer them the gift of a delicious meal. If you want to go above and beyond, you can even offer to babysit, and let mom and dad enjoy an evening not only dish free, but kid free! 

Buy One Get One Free!

When you purchase a gift card at Li'l Rizzo's before December 31st, you can get another card valued at 20% of the gift card that you purchased! So not only will you be treating someone to a meal at the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, but you can come too. If you purchase a $50 gift card, you'll receive a FREE $10 gift card. Share the holiday spirit with your friends and family this year by giving them the gift of yum, and come get your gift cards today!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Survive Black Friday at Li'l Rizzo's!

Black Friday comes around once a year, and always after you've experienced a food coma from Thanksgiving. This is your chance to grab some great deals on Christmas gifts that your family has been wanting - so why not take advantage of it! Here are a few tips to help make your Black Friday shopping plan easier and smarter.

Make a List & Check it Twice

Do your research ahead of time. Figure out which stores have what you want, and plan to make a b-line to them right off the bat. The glitz and glam of sales can be deceiving sometimes, so make a list that you can follow throughout the day. If you have a good idea of what you're looking for, it will be harder to get distracted along the way.

Start Early

It goes without saying, that the early bird gets the worm. The earlier you start, the better deals you can find. Have you ever gone out on Friday evening and seen the random slim pickings that are available? That's because everyone else started at 1 AM, and have been shopping till they dropped. Don't miss out on the deals you wanted because you didn't get an early start.

Plan Your Food Stops

If you don't plan for food, you could forget it in the busyness of the day! Make sure to make your reservations at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! We are conveniently located by the Premium Outlets, so even though you'll take a break from shopping, you'll be close and ready to go at it again after you've eaten with us. We have a phenomenal selection of pizza's, sandwiches, and pasta's, and a full bar with many fun mixed drinks.

Food on Black Friday at the Lake of the Ozarks

Friends don't let friends shop hungry! Come in and sit down for a spell while we whip up the most delicious meal you've had since Thanksgiving. We serve the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks and we are glad to provide you with just the respite you need from your busy shopping trip. See you on Black Friday!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Fun Thanksgiving Facts for the Dinner Table!

Nothing says "Thanksgiving" more than sitting around the table with family and enjoying a delicious meal! Li'l Rizzo's knows that the best memories are made when everyone is gathered together laughing, talking and eating. To make your time with you family and friends even more enjoyable, here are a few fun facts about this delicious holiday that you can share while you're all sitting around the table.

Fun Table Facts for Thanksgiving

The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat's horn filled to brim with fruits and grains. According to Greek legend, Amalthea (a goat) broke one of her horns and offered it to Greek God Zeus as a sign of reverence. As a sign of gratitude, Zeus later set the goat's image in the sky also known as constellation Capricorn. Cornucopia is the most common symbol of a harvest festival. The Horn shaped container is filled with an abundance of the Earth's harvest. It is also known as the 'horn of plenty’.

It was not until 1941, that congress declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was declared to be the fourth Thursday in November.

Here's one of those funny Thanksgiving facts: Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was "the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard."
On the West Coast of the US, Dungeness crab is common as an alternate main dish instead of turkey, as crab season starts in early November.

A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

Twenty percent of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving.

More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.

In October of 1777 all 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time; however it was a one-time affair commemorating a victory over the British at Saratoga.

Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey.

Best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

A popular trend recently has been a "non-traditional" Thanksgiving feast! Instead of celebrating the day with turkey, gravy and stuffing, you can celebrate with the best Italian at the Lake! Li'l Rizzo's won't be open on Thanksgiving, but we will be serving up the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks all day Wednesday. Give your pots and pans a break, and come enjoy a delicious sit-down meal served to you. You can also take advantage of our carry-out at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-302-1500 and place an order for some fabulous food that you didn't have to cook.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day From Li'l Rizzo's!

We proudly support and serve those who support and serve us. Thank you to all the men and women to have sacrificed so much for our country in the past, present and future. As a way of saying thank you, we have some great opportunities available to the veterans in our area, as well as some interesting facts about Veterans Day.

Lt. Borders on the left, and Lt. Dennis Fitzgerald on the right.
Li'l Rizzo's is Veteran Owned

Our very own Bill Borders is a veteran! He was a Naval Flight Officer in a S-3 squadron, and stationed at NAS North Island, CA. He deployed on-board USS Ranger in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea. He served from 1985 to 1993, and is now settled at the Lake of the Ozarks where he owns Li'l Rizzo's - with two locations. One place is in Osage Beach, MO, and the second place is in Lake Ozark, MO.

VS-38 Ranger from Lt. Borders time in the Navy.
Li'l Rizzo's Wants to Serve Those Who Serve Us

We appreciate all the men and women who have served our country in any capacity. We know how much the sacrifice involves, and we want to give back. If you are a veteran or active duty military we invite you to come and dine with us for free from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM today. Choose from any of our pasta dishes, or small pizza's, and enjoy at no cost. Thank to those who have served our country.

Veterans Day History

World War I was known at the time as "The Great War", and it officially ended when the Treat of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Because of that, November 11, 1918 is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars."

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given American to shower her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

Celebrate Veterans Day at the Best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

Li'l Rizzo's has been locally owned and operated by the Borders family since 1985. It was founded by Carol Borders, Mike Rizzo, and Ed Alexander. The original Rizzo's was located on Bagnell Dam Boulevard. The original "Big Rizzo's" was the first fine dining Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we continue to be the best place to find Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our history here at the Lake is proof that our food is fantastic, and that we love this community. Come in tonight and enjoy some delicious pasta or a small pizza -  on the house for all veterans and active duty military!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Draught Vs. Draft: What's the Difference?

Brew, barley soda, liquid bread, and suds. There are so many different terms and phrases for the ice cold beverage we all love. The one that confuses us the most though, is draught and do we know which one to use, or how to pronounce it? Li'l Rizzo's has the best bar at the Lake of the Ozarks, so we're curious what the difference is between draught and draft.


Definition: A serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg.
This could potentially save you from a very embarrassing night at the bar! Though it looks like it is pronounced like caught or bought, it's not. It's actually pronounce as "draft" according to A draught beer (AKA: spelt draft) is served from a cask or keg instead of a bottle or can. You can get draught beer in a "can form", and it's served in a pressurised container featuring a widget. A widget is a small plastic ball that you'll find in the can of your favorite draught beer, and it's purpose is to release CO2 from some of the beer. This creates a head (frothy foam on top), to mimic the texture of a beer on tap!

Examples of this word: Li'l Rizzos serves the best draught beer at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Definition: Draw up an outline or sketch for something.
That's right, folks. If you are texting a friend, and asking if the want to go get some draft beer, you're spelling it wrong. Who knew?! Even though draught and draft and pronounced the same, they are not spelled the same. When the word "draft" is used in regards to beer, it's actually an idiom, which just means it's special phrasing or a "peculiarity". It's just another confusing set of words in the English language, but as confusing as it may be, draught beer at the Lake of the Ozarks is oh so tasty!

Examples of this word: You can draft a speech or you can draft a can't draft a beer.

Best Draught Beer at the Lake of the Ozarks

Come drink a glass of amber nectar at Li'l Rizzo's! We have an amazing selection of beers that will go down smooth and leave you feeling happy. Our draught beers come in 16 oz. and 23 oz., and are served to you in cold, frosty glasses. We have ten amazing varieties to choose from on tap:
  • Bud Light
  • Sam Adams
  • 4 Hands Brewery (Seasonal)
  • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale
  • Miller Lite
  • Leinenkugel (Seasonal)
  • Mother's L'il Helper IPA
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cidar
  • Blue Moon Belgian Wheat

Li'l Rizzo's Has TWO Great Bars

The only thing that pairs better with beer, than more Italian food! We have the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks, and our fabulous dishes will pair perfectly with any of the beers you want to indulge in. We also have two locations at the Lake of the Ozarks, each with their own special qualities. You can learn more about our Osage Beach location in a recent blog we published. Our Horseshoe bend location features a fabulous view of the Lake of the Ozarks, and the same great food and bar that you love. Sunday's are ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR at Li'l Rizzo's! Come out and enjoy your favorite food and the best beers around.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Our Fantastic Osage Beach Location

Li'l Rizzos proudly owns two of the best Italian restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks! Each location is special in it's own way, and offers a different experience to you and your family. When looking for the best restaurant in Osage Beach, our location next to the Premium Outlets is a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal.  Here are a few exciting aspects to the Osage Beach location that you can enjoy every time you dine with us.

Lots of Seating and TVs

Our Osage Beach location is the larger of the two, with TONS of seating! Whether you prefer enjoying your meal in a booth with friends or family, or in chairs while sitting across from your significant other on a romantic date, our restaurant is the perfect place. You will also find that there are several TVs scattered around the restaurant. We are a great place to watch the game at the Lake of the Ozarks, and still get an awesome meal!

Bigger & Better Bar

Both of our locations feature a fabulous bar, but our Osage Beach restaurant has a much bigger bar with a larger selection. Not to mention the HUGE televisions that are above the bar always offers a front row seat to the games you don't want to miss!

Convenient Location

You can't beat the convenience of being able to spend the day shopping at the Outlet mall, and then enjoy a sit down meal at your favorite Lake of the Ozarks restaurants. We're also located in the center of the Lake area, so no matter what you're doing while here at the Lake, you're just minutes away from enjoying a delicious meal.

We Offer the Best Dining at the Lake of the Ozarks

From our fabulous lunch menu featuring delicious sandwiches, burgers and pizzas, to our amazing dinner menu with pastas, specialty pizzas and wings - you can't go wrong! We not only have a great selection of of Italian cuisine, but a variety of wines and beers. You really do get the whole package of dining perfection when you enjoy a meal with us. We have experience chefs who can serve up fabulous food, and our bartenders are friendly and good at bringing the beverages. Come out tonight for a great meal with your friends and family, and let us serve you the best food at the Lake!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Time to Celebrate National Pasta Month

Did you know, not only is October National pizza month, but it also National Pasta month as well? Basically the whole month of October is National Li'l Rizzo's month! We have the best pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks, and our pasta is always fresh, and delicious. From our red meat sauces to our creamy white sauces and everything in between. From our time tested favorites, to unique a delicious, here are a few of our favorite pasta dishes at the Li'l Rizzo's!

Celebrate National Pasta Month

Lasagna & Spaghetti and Meatballs at Li'l Rizzo's

Our delicious homemade lasagna has delectable layers of pasta, ricotta cheese meat sauce, Italian sausage and a two cheese blend. It's topped with more amazing meat sauce and finished with melted cheese. This meal is perfect cheesy goodness - and a classic for Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Spaghetti and Meatball

This classic, homemade dish features a 6 oz meatball with spaghetti. It's smothered by our delicious chunky meat sauce and served to your table fresh and hot. Nothing can be more classic Italian than spaghetti and meatballs!

Fettuccine Alfredo

When you place your order for fettuccine alfredo - you're getting the real deal. Our alfredo sauce is made to order! This rich, thick, buttery white sauce is a fabulous way to celebrate a month dedicated to pasta!

Shrimp Scampi at Li'l Rizzo's

Shrimp Scampi

When you combine roasted garlic, green onions, tomatoes and shrimp on one plate, you have a delicious meal that will make your night! Not to mention we smother the delicious angel hair pasta with a garlic herb sauce, which makes it even more delectable.

Fettuccine Con Pollo

This dish is a fantastic combination of chicken and broccoli - topped with our thick alfredo sauce. You can also substitute the noodles for gluten free in this dish (and several others on our menu), be sure to ask your server when you dine with us.

Roasted Garlic Chicken Capellini

Tender marinated strips of chicken breast are sautéed in olive oil with mushrooms to create the base of this fantastic dish. Then we add ripe tomatoes, green onions and finely chopped garlic to the mix. Finally we take a plate of angel hair pasta and top it with the fantastic combination and serve it to your piping hot straight from our kitchen.
Roasted Garlic Chicken Capellini


There's nothing boring about a delicious manicotti. These rolled noodles are stuffed with ricotta cheese and then smothered in our delicious and creamy red sauce. This dish is then served to your hot and fresh. When you're looking for the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, you come to here - where our experienced chefs create a gourmet meal for you.

Best Pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks

There's nothing better than sitting down with the family to a hot meal, and not even having to prepare it! When you dine at Li'l Rizzo's you will get a fabulous meal prepared fresh for you by our fantastic chefs. We take pride in providing you with a fabulous dining experience - from the second you walk through our door to the time you finish your meal and head home. Our variety of dishes and beverages will give you plenty of options, and we can even work with some dietary challenges. Come spend your evening with us tonight, and enjoy National Pasta Month before it's over!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What We're Craving in October

This time of the year is a wonderful time to embrace the change in scenery. The trees will start changing, the weather is invigorating, and the view couldn't be better from our Horseshoe Bend location! You can sit back, enjoy the enchanting view of the Lake, and relish the savory flavors of Fall from our menu all at the same time, from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks Restaurant. Here are a few delicacies we're sure you'll love this month!

Portobello Mushroom

Nothing says Fall to us than a delicious portobello mushroom. This delicacy is sautéed in butter, with strong flavors of garlic, and a delicious Rizzo's marinade. This appetizer is mouth watering for sure!


This time of years screams wings! Maybe it's because football has kicked back into gear, maybe it's because the flavors perfectly accompany the spiciness of Fall. Whatever it is, now is the time to come in and grab the best wings at the Lake of the Ozarks. There are several amazing flavors to pick from:

  • Rizzo's Italian - 2011 Wing Ding 1st Place Winner!
Marinated in our house dressing, baked and tossed in olive oil, parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers
  • Dirty
A dry mildly spiced wing.
  • Original
Tossed in a buttery hot sauce
  • Mojo
Tossed in a tangy bbq sauce

Apple Calzone

This is definitely a Fall favorite. The flakey pastry shell is filled with Autumn goodness and you enjoy the flavors of apple and cinnamon. Of course, topping this fantastic combination with caramel and a scoop of ice cream only make it better! This desert calzone will melt in your mouth as you enjoy every last bite. 

Pumpkin Spice Martini

As you let the flavors of a delicious meal settle, you can finish it off with our amazing Pumpkin Spice Martini. This brings us all the way around to a delicious finale on a perfect Fall meal. Sit back and enjoy the big game on one of our many TV's, or enjoy watching the leaves change from our Horseshoe Bend deck, while sipping this amazing combination of vanilla vodka, Bailey's Irish Cream, Pumpkin Flavored Liqueur and a cinnamon and nutmeg topping.

Li'l Rizzo's

Our menu has something perfect for every season, but Fall is special. The spices and flavors are savory and delectable from start to finish. The best thing is, our menu is so varied that you'll find something for the whole family! We are the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, so from pizza and pasta, and from wings to sandwiches, we have a selection that will make everyone in your group full and satisfied. Not only is our food amazing, but our venue is pretty awesome too. We have huge TV's scattered around both locations, and we have your front row seats to great food and a great game right here! Come visit us for lunch or dinner any day of the week. For a special treat, come visit us this Sunday for Happy Hour ALL DAY!