Friday, May 29, 2015

Start Dinner Off Right with Our Tasty Appetizers!

What better way to start your meal than with one of our delicious appetizers at Li'l Rizzo's? From our creamy spinach dip to our crispy chicken tenders, we have something for everyone in your party to enjoy. Be sure to check out our selection next time you're at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant!


What is an Appetizer? 


An appetizer is a small dish of food or drink taken before a meal or the main course of a meal to stimulate one's appetite. They occupy the mind and stomach while guests wait for the food that will satisfy their hunger to the fullest. The Ancient Romans and Greeks are depicted lounging with trays of fresh fruit, wine, olives and cheese, something that surely inspired the appetizers we enjoy today. During the Renaissance, physicians recommended eating small morsels of salty meats prior to a meal in order to prepare the digestive system for the main course and to ensure proper digestion. All throughout history, those who had the means enjoyed stretching out the meal time and conversation experience over a variety of successive courses.

Appetizers at Li'l Rizzo's 


Enhance your dining experience at Li'l Rizzo's with one of our delicious appetizers. Whether you're craving something creamy or crispy, we've got a dish for you!

Spinach, Green Chili and Jalapeno Dip
delicious, creamy spinach dip with chopped green chiles and jalapenos

Chicken Tenders
strips of boneless chicken breast served with out 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

Garlic Cheese Bread

Toasted Ravioli 
golden meat-filled ravioli sprinkled with parmesan and served with a side of meat sauce

Cheese Sticks
mozzarella sticks deep-fried to a golden brown and served with a side of marinara sauce

Meatball
6 oz. homemade meatball served with meatsauce and parmesan cheese

Bruschetta Bread
Toasted bread topped with tomato, basil, garlic and parmesan cheese

Join us for the BEST Happy Hour at Lake of the Ozarks, Monday through Friday from 4-6, to get your appetizers at 1/2 price! All of our food is made from the freshest ingredients and served to you in a casually elegant atmosphere, making for a refreshing dining experience. See you soon at either of our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant locations!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy National Waitstaff Day!

Each year, National Waitstaff Day is observed on May 21! The holiday was created to show appreciation for the hard work our waiters and waitresses do each day. It is a day to say thank you for everything they do to make our Lake of the Ozarks dining experiences enjoyable. Restaurant owners and managers should also recognize and express their appreciation to their dedicated employees! Here are some of the qualities that make our Li'l Rizzo's waitstaff so great:

3 Top Qualities of Great Waitstaff


1. Knowledge. 

Being familiar with every item on the menu will not only help the waitstaff with taking orders, but will also allow them to make suggestions to the customer. Avoiding frustration with the customer is easier when the waitstaff have the knowledge of each dish and what it comes with. Familiarity with the daily specials will also help to enhance the customer experience. Everyone always likes a good deal.

2. Friendliness.

Food service is obviously a customer service job. The goal of the waitstaff is to provide excellent service to all customers. People go out to eat not just for the food, but also the experience. Friendliness is key in enhancing the customers experience. A good personality will also increase the chances of a good tip. However, you don't want to get too friendly. Depending on the crowd, you might be able to joke around a bit, but remember to stay professional and respect the customer's personal space.

3. Efficiency. 

One of the largest complaints at restaurants is how much time the customer has to wait for either service or their food to arrive. Even though the waitstaff typically doesn't have any control over how long it takes for the food to get out, they can control how attentive they are to the customers. Time management comes in to play here and a good waiter or waitress will keep track of how long its been since the table was last checked on. Making sure drinks are always full and the orders get entered correctly is important for a high-quality dining experience.

At Li'l Rizzo's, we strive to give our guests a great dining experience in a unique Italian atmosphere. Our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks loves the vacation crowd and locals alike. Our friendly servers and bartenders make everyone feel welcome and they work hard to make yours a great experience!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Top 5 Reasons to Dine Out

Dining out versus cooking at home is one of the all time largest disagreements. Some people will argue that eating out costs too much or they don't want to load all the kids up in the car. Think about this, time is money and how much time are you going to be spending cooking and cleaning when preparing a meal at home? Li'l Rizzo's is here to tell you that eating out can be a great thing! Here are 5 of the top reasons why you should dine out:

1. No Messy Kitchen. 


The worst part about cooking a meal for the family is the cleanup afterwards. Not only do you have the dishes that you ate off of, you also have all the pots and pans, bakeware and utensils needed to prepare it. After you've slaved away in the kitchen preparing this delicious meal, the last thing you want to do is clean up that mess. When you go to a restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, we take care of all the cleanup for you. You just sit back, relax and let us wait on you!

2. Everyone Gets What They Want. 


No one can ever agree on what they want for dinner. The kids always want spaghetti, mom wants chicken and dad wants beef. The best way to settle the argument is to just go out for dinner. Our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant has a wide variety of menu items, so everyone can get what they're craving. Mom doesn't have to worry about making something that the kids won't eat. Our tasty kids menu has special options the kids will love!

3. Gets You Out of the House. 


If you're a stay at home mom, chances are you don't get out much. Even if you enjoy every minute of being a mom, the cooking, cleaning and caring for others, sometimes its nice to just take a break. You need some outside contact and interaction. Just being in a restuaurant, the atmosphere, is good for you. Being around peoplel invites you to interact more in a social way.

4. Supports the Local Economy. 


Many businesses here at the Lake are family owned, small businesses. By choosing to enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks, you're helping support the local economy. When you spend money locally, more of your money is reinvested into local schools, jobs, taxes, wages and other community needs. Help boost the Lake economy by joining us at Li'l Rizzo's today!

5. You Can Get Dessert. 


If you're cooking at home, chances are, by the time you get done with dinner, you're not going to want to make any dessert. If you're at a restaurant, you can simply order a single serving of dessert. Again, everyone can get what they want and there's no clean up. Dining out is a treat and it's great to treat yourself every once in awhile!

Li'l Rizzo's is waiting to take all the pressure off you and provide you with a great tasting Italian meal. Join us at either of our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant locations for a unique Italian experience. From delicious pastas to our crispy pizzas, we've got something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Stop by and see us today!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Mother's Day from Li'l Rizzo's!

What are you doing for your mother this weekend? Mother's Day is this Sunday! While there are many gift options to choose from, why not treat your mom to a delicious dinner at the BEST Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks? Make this Mother's Day one she will never forget!


History of Mother's Day 


While Mother's Day is celebrated differently all around the world, the American version was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. She helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children. These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. Following her mother’s death in 1905, Anna Jarvis conceived Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. Mother's Day became an official U.S. Holiday in 1914. While dates and celebrations can vary, Mother's Day typically falls on the second Sunday in May. The holiday traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts, a practice that for many still remains today.

Mother's Day at Li'l Rizzos 


Join us at Li'l Rizzo's this Sunday, May 10 for a Mother's Day Special. Mom's eat pasta for FREE! Mom gets a free pasta of her choice when accompanied by an adult paying regular menu price. Treat your mom to some delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! Dinner at Li'l Rizzo's is the perfect way to tell  her thank you for everything she does and show her how much you love her.

Li'l Rizzo's wants to wish all the mom's out there a very Happy Mother's Day! Come join us this weekend so we can make each of you feel special. Voted #1 Italian here at the Lake for another year, Li'l Rizzo's is the perfect place to take mom this weekend. See you on Sunday!

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