Thursday, January 29, 2015


Super Bowl Sunday has long been one of the most anticipated days of the year! This Sunday the New England Patriots will take on the reining champions, the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. While sports fans across the country are ready for an exciting game, many viewers are awaiting the epic commercials and half-time performance. In addition to the entertainment, Super Bowl Sunday is known for the beer and food that come with the celebration. Li'l Rizzo's is ready to make this year's Super Bowl experience the best yet!

Half Time Show

From Prince to Michael Jackson, Beyonce to Bruno Mars, celebrities from all musical genres have taken the Super Bowl stage over the years. The half-time show is one of the greatest performance opportunities for musicians; it's a chance for them to show off their catalogue of music to 100+ million viewers. The honor this year goes to Katy Perry! You can expect to hear some of her popular songs like "Roar" and "Firework," but according to USA Today, this performance will be a never-before-seen experience. Lenny Kravitz will also be performing as Katy Perry's special guest and rumor has it they may be playing Kravitz' cover of "American Women" which would segue nicely into Perry's "California Gurls."


Each year marketers strive to put together the best ads they can come up with for the Super Bowl. Major brands like Budweiser, Doritos, Pepsi and more have created the best commercials from those that make you laugh to those that pull on your heart strings. This year's Super Bowl Commercials should be no different. Take a sneak peak at some of the one's already released for Super Bowl 2015 here:


Let Li'l Rizzo's cater your Super Bowl Party this year! Surprise your guests with the BEST Italian Food at the Lake of the Ozarks for your party this year. Take a look at some of our catering favorites below or visit: for our complete catering menu!

WINGS - Get 48 of our mouthwatering wings for $34.95!

TOASTED RAVIOLI - Get 50 pieces for $29.95 or 100 for $49.95!

WORLD FAMOUS HOUSE SALAD - Get 1/2 a pan with 12 side salad servings for $34.95 or double it for $54.95!

FETTUCINE ALFREDO - Get 1/2 a pan that feeds 7-10 people for $44.95 or a full pan that feeds 8-20 for $79.95!

SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS - Get 1/2 a pan that feeds 7-10 people for $44.95 or a full pan that feeds 8-20 for $79.95!

PLUS this Super Bowl Sunday Only - Buy 2 Large Specialty Pizzas and get a 3rd Large Pizza FREE!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Why Does Pasta Come in So Many Different Shapes and Sizes?

Pasta comes in many different shapes and sizes. In fact, there are approximately 350 different types of pasta around the world. These noodles can be organized into several different groups including long pasta (spaghetti, fettucine), tubes (penne), stuffed (tortellini, ravioli) and more! The meu at Li'l Rizzo's has a variety of different types of pasta.

Why All These Shapes and Sizes? 

Chefs use different shapes and sizes of pasta for different purposes because certain shapes hold different sauces better than others. Thin pasta, such as angel hair works better with thin oil-based sauce, while thicker sauces work better with thicker, heavier pastas. Flat pastas pair well with cream sauces, while tomato-based sauces seem to cling better to round pastas. What's your favorite shape of pasta?

Popular Pasta Shapes 

Alphabet Pasta - This pasta shape is a favorite among the children and can make any meal fun!

Capelli d'angelo - More commonly known as angel's hair, this very thin, long -cut pasta is sutiable for clear soups or oil-based sauces and is a very popular shape all over the world.

Cavatappi - Also known as "Corkscrew" pasta, locks-in the flavor with it's tight spirals. The shape pairs well with both simple and sophisticated sauces, while also great for pasta salads.

Cavatelli - This pasta resembles tiny hot dog buns. They are commonly served with thick, chunky sauces or in pasta salads.

Conchiglie - More commonly known as "Shells," this pasta makes a great addition to soups or as the base of a salad. These can also be used in place of macaroni when making macaroni and cheese. Larger shells are best when stuffed with a cheese mixture, meat and vegetables.

Egg Noodles - These types of noodles can be baked, tossed in soups or salads, or topped with cream, tomato, cheese or meat sauces. Typically used for stroganoff, these noodles have many great uses.

Elbow Macaroni - Probably one of the most popular pastas becomes another kid favorite when covered in cheese sauce. While commonly used for the traditional dish of macaroni and cheese, this pasta's versatile shape can be topped with any sauce, baked or put in soups, salads and stir-fry dishes.

Farfalle - You've probably heard it referred to as "Bow Ties." This pasta will brighten any meal with it's interesting shape. It is thick enough for a variety of different sauces.

Fettuccine - This long-cut pasta is flat and rectagular in shape. It is most commonly used with a creamy sauce in the ever popular Fettuccine Alfredo dish.

Fusilli - This long, spiral shaped pasta is seen in many pasta salad dishes. It can be topped with any sauce and also bakes well in casseroles.

Lasagna - These noodles have pretty much one purpose to make the casserole named after itself, Lasgna. Lasagna is created by using chopped vegetables, cheeses and any kind of sauce, typically a meat one, and it can be prepared ahead of time to freeze for a later date.

Linguine - This pasta has a great shape that complements a variety of sauces. It is also a good choice for salads and stir-fry dishes.

Manicotti - This type of pasta is most commonly stuffed with a mixture of meat, cheese and vegetables, topped with your favorite sauce and then baked.

Penne - Penne pairs well with virtually every type of sauce, but is exceptional when paired with a chunky sauce. This shape is also great for baking dishes.

Ravioli - This square shaped pasta is also used in a common dish named after itself. They are round pillows of pasta that have a filling consisiting of ingredients such as cheese, meats, vegetable and seasonings. They can be served with a red sauce or with butter, oil or cream. Try the Toasted Ravioli at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian Restaurant!

Rigatoni - The ridges and holes in this pasta make it perfect with any sauce, from cream or cheese to the chunkiest  meat sauces.

Rontini - Also a spiral shaped pasta, rotini holds bits of meat, vegetables and cheese, so it works well with any sauce or you can use it in salads, baked casseroles or stir-fry meals.

Ruote - Known by it's "Wagon Wheel" shape, this pasta makes interesting salads or add it to soup.

Spaghetti - America's favorite pasta shape, spaghetti is typically served with a tomato-based sauce and meatballs! Li'l Rizzo's loves to serve it that way! However, it can be used with nearly any type of sauce or it can be used in casseroles or stir-fry dishes.

Tortellini - This ring shaped pasta is typically stuffed with cheese, meat, vegetables or a combinationof hte three. It is commonly served in a broth or cream sauce.

Li'l Rizzo's has a wide variety of pasta shapes and sauces to fit everyone's tastes! Try our Spaghetti and Meatball or Cavatelli con Broccoli, paired with our Li'l Rizzo's "World Famous" House Salad. All of our menu items are made from the freshest quality ingredients and are served in generous portions. Stop by either Li'l Rizzo's location for the BEST Italian Food at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Join us at Li'l Rizzo's for Lake Pub Crawl 2015!

The Annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl is the biggest annual party at the Lake of the Ozarks! Just $10 gets you access to all participating restaurants and bars including the BEST sports bar at the Lake of the Ozarks, Li'l Rizzo's! Bus transportation to and from the venues, and select hotels is included with the purchase of your wristband. We're so excited about Lake Pub Crawl this year, that we have extended the fun with specials all weekend long!

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Weekend

Friday, February 20
  • Dinner Special - Cajun Sausage and Peppers with House Salad for $13.95
  • Spontaneous Serendipity from 9-12 PM
Saturday, February 21
  • Happy Hour from 11 AM - 4 PM
  • Spontaneous Serendipity from 3-6 PM
  • Contagious from 9 PM - 1 AM
Sunday, February 22
  • Happy Hour - ALL DAY
    • Half Price Appetizers
    • Half Price Well & House Wine 
    • Beer Specials 

Make Li'l Rizzo's a priority stop on this year's Lake Pub Crawl route! We have the BEST live music at the Lake of the Ozarks lined up. Visit for more information about this awesome event. See you soon!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

What Does Your Favorite Pizza Say About You?

It's National Pizza Week!! Everyone has their own favorite type of pizza. Whether you like plain cheese pizza or like to load it up with meat and vegetables, Li'l Rizzo's has you covered! Our restaurants offer the BEST pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks! In honor of National Pizza Week, we decided to do a little research and put together this list of what your favorite pizza says about you!

Cheese Pizza 

If you enjoy the simplest of all pizzas, you take pleasure in the simple things in life, not taking anything for granted. As a cheese eater, you have a lot of friends and you would do anything for them. You often put others before yourself and you love volunteering or working with charities. You might not have the courage to speak up when necessary because you don't like confrontation. You may also have a fear of change. Other qualities of yours include: 
  • Easy-Going
  • Kind
  • Non-Judgmental 
  • Intelligent
  • Smart

Pepperoni Pizza 

If you like your pizza covered in just pepperoni or any other single-meat topping, you're fun-loving and well-liked by almost everyone! You're friends always come to you for problem solving and you're always giving a helping hand. You have a tendancy to work too hard and often do not give yourself enough credit. You like to spend time with your family and friends, and would rather stay in for a movie night instead of going out to some fancy nightclub. You can be shy at first, but once someone gets to know out! Some other personality traits of yours include: 

  • Dependable
  • Easy-Going 
  • Trustworthy
  • Kind 
  • Outgoing
  • Feisty 
  • Fun 

Macho Meat Pizza 

If you like to pile you're pizza with every type of meat out there, then you love being the center of attention! You love to make people laugh. You work hard and play even harder. You know how to be the life of the party, but don't always know when it's time to get to work. As a meat lover, you like to challenge authority and push boundaries, making you a great entrepreneur. Some other qualities you might have include: 
  • Very Fun 
  • Extroverted 
  • Over Zealous
  • Cocky 
  • Selfish

Supreme Pizza

If you like a little bit of everything on your pizza, you have a zest for live and love doing anything and everything out of the ordinary. Supreme pizza fans are always ready for what may happen next. You are not afraid to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger and you have a lot of friends. You tend to get bored easily and sometimes have a slight temper. Other personality traits include:   
  • Very Adventurous
  • Fun 
  • Spontaneous
  • Very Easy-Going
  • Loveable
  • Care-Free

Veggie Pizza 

If you prefer only vegetables on your pizza, you like to look on the bright side of things and are always searching for the positives. You place great value in relationships and are always there for your friends and family. You are very understanding and are a great listener. You tend to place to much pressure on yourself to be perfect and care too much about what others may think of you. Other qualities you might posses include: 
  • Idealistic
  • Humble
  • Introverted
  • Caring 
  • Sensitive
  • Empathetic
  • Shy
  • Clingy
  • Charming 
  • Somewhat Gullible

Hawaiian Pizza 

If you prefer Hawaiian or other exotic pizza toppings, you're always down to try something new! You're achievement-oriented and are a natural leader. You place a great emphasis on the work you do and strive for recognition from others. Additional qualities of yours may include:  
  • Sophisticated 
  • Worldly 
  • Courageous
  • Happy

Chicken Pizzas

If you like BBQ Chicken pizza, you're the life of the party. If you like the spiciness of Buffalo Chicken pizza, you like the adrenaline rush that comes with it! Chicken lovers also posses the following qualities:   
  • Opulent
  • Risk-Taker
  • Driven 
  • Competitive 
  • Assertive

Li'l Rizzo's have a pizza to fit everyone's personality!  If your results don't match up, consider trying something new next time you're at one of our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurants. Don't forget Thursdays are the best days to get pizza. All small 10 inch pizzas, up to 5 toppings are only $8 every Thursday!  Stop by and see us today!