Thursday, April 30, 2015

Come See Me & Jim at Li'l Rizzo's!

Enjoy live music at the Lake of the Ozarks when you dine at Li'l Rizzo's on Horseshoe Bend. Me & Jim will be joining us every weekend for the 2015 season. Check out the schedule below and make plans to come visit the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks soon!

About Me & Jim 

"Me and Jim" play instrumental renditions of rock music from the 60'S and 70's. They use vintage guitars and sometimes mandolin, performing familiar tunes at conversational volume. "Jim," that is Jim Biggs, has performed in concert with such big names as Chuck Berry, Barbara Mandrel, and Barbara Fairchild. Jim played the Hotel Circuit pickin' country and rock music during the 70's and 80's all across the country. He owns a pile of vintage guitars, mostly Les Pauls, and has been known to bring several of them to the shows and switch guitars as they become too hot to handle! As for "Me," Frank Phelps grew up playing rock music and performed in many bands that no one has ever heard of, but had fun just the same. Frank has performed from California to Canada in night clubs, hotels, and basements, doing concerts, dances, parties and festivals.

Me & Jim Dates

  • Saturday, May 2
  • Saturday, May 9  
  • Friday, May 15
  • Saturday, May 23
  • Sunday, May 31
  • Sunday, June 7 
  • Sunday, June 14
  • Sunday, June 21
  • Sunday, June 28
  • Sunday, July 5
  • Sunday, July 12
  • Sunday, July 19 
  • Sunday, July 26
  • Sunday, August 2
  • Sunday, August 9 
  • Sunday, August 16 
  • Sunday, August 23
  • Sunday, August 30 
  • Sunday, September 6 
  • Sunday, September 13
  • Sunday, September 20 
  • Sunday, September 27 
  • Sunday, October 4 
  • Sunday, October 11
  • Sunday, October 18 
  • Sunday, October 25
  • Sunday, November 1
  • Sunday, November 8 
  • Sunday, November 15 
  • Sunday, November 22
  • Sunday, November 29 

At Li'l Rizzo's, we strive to give our guests a great dining experience in a unique Italian atmosphere. Generous portions and a wide variety of menu items makes our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant the perfect dining option. Add the live music on the weekends any why would you want to go anywhere else!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Regional Food Preferences in Italy

When talking about Italian food, pasta is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Pasta is really the dish that unifies the whole of the nation. However, if you think that food is prepared the same way everywhere in Italy, you're wrong. In fact, there are only a few Italian dishes that are considered "national." Each region of Italy has its own typical food and recipes. Although Italy can be broken down into 20 different regions, you will find some common cooking trends allowing the division of Italy into 3 different gastronomic areas: North, Center and South. Our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant brings you these regional differences from


In northern Italy, tradition revolves around hot soups, like minestrone and vegetables like radicchio, and is based on dishes that are rich in fat. Cheese, truffle, polenta, risotti and game are the most popular of ingredients. Potatoes are also used a lot and are the main ingredient of a famous northern recipe called pizzoccheri. In northern Italy, cooking with butter is preferred, while in southern Italy, extra virgin olive oil is preferred.


The center of Italy is renowned for its heavy-bodied food, such as pecorini, scamorze, insaccati and sottolii. However, the area is also famous for truffles and mushrooms. This area specializes in some special homemade pastas: paste fresche, maccheroni and spaghetti alla chitarra, for instance, always seasoned with sauces containing meat and game. Their preferred type of meat in this area is pork, served as secondo piatto.


The food in the southern part of Italy is typically Mediterranean. People will cook with fish a lot and shellfish are used a lot with pasta and pizza. While the pizza you'll find in northern and central Italy is extremely thin, in Naples you'll find it rather thick by Italian standard. However, it is still quite thin when compared to the typical American style pizza. Mozzarella and other typical dairy products are considered the specialties of southern Italy. The dishes in this area always have a beautiful smell, thanks to spices and seasoning like basil, oregano and citrus fruits. Soft cheeses such as stracchino are popular in the North, while the South is proud of its Mozzzarella di Bufala Campana.

The nature and type of food obviously depends on the climate, territory and culture. Here at Li'l Rizzo's, we feature a variety of different Italian dishes. Our pizza would be comparable with that you would find in Italy, as our pizza has a nice thin, cracker-like crust. Our dishes features meats from chicken to fish, featuring something from each of these Italian regions. Come see us and enjoy the BEST Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Enjoy Delicious Sandwiches & Burgers at Li'l Rizzo's!

At Li'l Rizzo's, it's not all about the pizza and pasta. We offer delicious sandwiches and burgers at our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant as well. Try one of these mouthwatering subs or sandwiches next time you're here!

Tuscan Chicken Sandwich

Tender marinated chicken breast smothered in melted provel and served on a ciabotta bun with pesto mayonaise, lettuce, tomato and red onion.

Hot Italian Sub 

Italian roast beef, smoked turkey and pastrami served hot on a ciabotta bun with our house dressing, melted provel and green onions.

Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich

Hand-breaded chicken tender topped with cheese and marinara sauce.

Meatball Sandwich

Our homemade meatball served on a hoagie with meat sauce and melted cheese.


An 8 oz. ground chuck burger. Add cheese for additional charge.

Rizzo Burger 

Bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions topped with melted provel cheese.

Sausage & Peppers Sandwich

Italian sausage, sauteed onions, red and green peppers topped with melted cheese and marinara sauce.

Italian Sausage Sandwich

Spicy link Italian sausage, served on a hoagie with meat sauce and melted cheese.

We have something for everyone right here at Li'l Rizzo's! Tasty food combined with great customer service makes our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks a favorite for locals and vacationers alike. Stop in either of our Lake locations today!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

27 Random Beer Facts for National Beer Day

April 7th is National Beer Day! Today commemorates the day that beer was once again allowed to be legally manufactured and sold, after the long, dry prohibition. In honor of the holiday, the BEST sports bar at the Lake of the Ozarks has gathered some facts about beer. Enjoy!

Random Beer Facts

1.  Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the United States. As a country, we consume 205.8 million barrels per year, or about 20 gallons per person per year.

2. According to the Brewers Association, as of 2014, there were 3,418 craft brewers in the United States, an increase of nearly 20% over the year before.

3. Arthur Guinness II, the father of Guinness stout, altered the family beer recipe to include unmalted roasted barley instead of black malt because it wasn't subject to tax. This made it affordable for the Guinness family and also made the beer's taste distinctive.

4. The first beer cans were produced in 1935.

5. The most expensive state to buy beer in is Tennessee where state excise taxes reach $1.29 per gallon. The cheapest state to buy beer in is Wyoming with an excise tax of just $0.02 per gallon.

6. At the North American Wife Carrying Championship, first prize is the wife's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash.

7. After winning the Nobel Prize, Niels Bohr was given a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house.

8. The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.

9. The word "alcoholiday," coined in the early 1900s, means leisure time spent drinking.

10. The builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza were paid with a daily ration of beer.

11. Fried beer won Most Creative Fried Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair.

12. The top 5 states for beer consumption per capita are: 1. North Dakota, 2. New Hampshire, 3. Montana, 4. South Dakota and 5. Wisconsin.

13. George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations.

14. At spas in Europe, you can literally bathe in beer as a physical and mental therapeutic treatment.

15. The moon has a crater named Beer.

16. Beer soup was a common breakfast in medieval Europe.

17. At the start of Bavarian Beer Week in Germany, an open-air beer fountain dispenses free beer to the public.

18. The first beer bottle was sold in 1850.

19. The oldest beer advertisement was found on a clay tablet from 4000 B.C.

20. The oldest known beer recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

21. The first professional brewers were all women called Brewsters. For many cultures, you had to be considered very beautiful to be a brewer.

22. A Cerevisaphile is a term that refers to beer enthusiasts and is also another name for a "beer expert."

23. Chicha is a traditional Peruvian corn beer that is said to date back to the Incan times. Its extremely strange secret ingredient is spit.

24. In early Mesopotamia (now Iran), beer was made from delectable barley, but since 1979 the production and consumption of beer is punishable under Islamic law.

25. Brown bottles help keep beer fresh.

26. Belgium boasts of the largest beer brands in the world.

27. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.

Happy National Beer Day from Li'l Rizzo's! Come enjoy some cold ones with us tonight to celebrate this special day. Take advantage of the BEST Happy Hour at Lake of the Ozarks from 4-6 pm at either of our Lake locations. See you soon!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Where does "Happy Hour" come from?

After a hard day's work, there's nothing better than kicking back and relaxing with your friends and a few cold ones! Happy Hour provides a time to relax and take your mind off the stress of day to day tasks. Let's take a look at the History of Happy Hour and then join us at Li'l Rizzo's for the BEST Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks!

The History of "Happy Hour"

The term "Happy Hour" actually originated right here in the United States. Back in the 1920's, the term was slang for the scheduled time of on-ship performances when the sailors were a little "happy" from drinking. Due to the prohibition, the act of drinking before dinnertime began around the same time on shore. Friends would gather for illegal cocktail hours before going out for dinner because restaurants could not serve alcohol.

The term became more mainstream when an article featuring military life was released in 1959 in the Saturday Evening Post. Over time, this "happy hour" concept has transitioned from a prelude to an evening out into more of an after-work ritual. To curb drunk driving, many bars started offering free or discounted appetizers to attendees in the 1980's. Though the prohibition was later repealed, the concept stuck around and is celebrated in many places, like our Lake of the Ozarks sports bar today!

Happy Hour Today

Today you can visit almost any bar or restaurant between the hours of 4 and 7 pm for some type of happy hour discount. Many places offer 1/2 price drinks or $1 off certain drinks for a happy hour special. Other places like Li'l Rizzo's might also offer 1/2 price appetizers to go with it. The concept today is somewhat of a marketing strategy to boost sales on slow weekdays.

At our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant, you can enjoy discounted drinks and 1/2 price appetizers during our Happy Hour! Join us Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm at either of our restaurant locations to take advantage of our happy hour specials. Our friendly servers and bartenders make everyone feel welcome!

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