Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Menu Your Wedding Guests Won't Forget!

Wedding season is still upon us here at the Lake of the Ozarks. The weather is sunny, the birds are singing, the lake is sparkling and everything is still green. This all makes for a perfectly picturesque wedding atmosphere. After the venue, the food is one of the biggest decisions you will make for your wedding, and we're here to help! Your wedding deserves the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we would be thrilled to share in your special day! In honor of this celebratory time of year, here are a few foods that you will find at a traditional Italian wedding. Along with a few featured dishes off of our own menu to make your mouth water!

Antipasto (Appetizers)

In Italian, appetizers translates to Antipasto. One popular item on the appetizer list is Crostini (lightly grilled slices of unsalted bread spread with chicken pate). Another popular item is Polenta (cornmeal flower based) and a selection of meats. When you do your catering with us, we have some delicious Toasted Ravioli, golden meat-filled ravioli sprinkled with parmesan and served with a side of meat sauce. Your guests will love these!


Primo Piatto (The Pasta Portion)

The Primo Piatto is the pasta course of the meal, following the Antipasto, but before the main course. Occasionally salads will be served instead. Pasta is a versatile meal, there are many combinations of shapes and sauces to pair up together. From the Ravioli con Vurro e Salvia (ravioli with sage and butter) to Perpedelle sully Lepre (ribbon pasta with hare). A favorite pasta dish at Li'l Rizzos is the Tortellini Alfredo, a delicious mixture of bacon, peas, and mushrooms in our thick cream sauce. This delicious course will be a sure hit with your guests!


Secondo Piatto (The Main Course)

This part of the meal is the official main course, it generally consists of meat or fish and comes after the primo piatto, but before the dessert. Many Mediterranean countries cannot celebrate an event without including meat as a part of the menu. They vary between beef, veal, rabbit, hare, wild boar and lamb. Generally a meat dish will also be served with a side of seasonal vegetables, fried, cooked in the oven or just simply grilled. We have a delicious Beef Soto that will delight all of your guests!

Dolci (Dessert)

Obviously no celebration would be complete without desserts! Common desserts in Italy are icecream (Gelati), tiramisu and a fresh fruit cake (Puff pastry covered with a layer of cream and fresh fruit). On our catering menu you can get tiramisu or a delicious chocolate cake.


Vino e Liquori (Wine and Digestives)

Obviously no celebration would be complete without a good quality wine, whether red or wine. Sometimes coffee comes during this round as well. We have a beautiful selection of House Wines, White Wines and Red Wines.

Italian's know how to enjoy a good meal, and a large one at that! Their wedding feasts are truly that, a FEAST! Just because you don't live in Italy doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on the food! Our Italian Catering at the Lake of the Ozarks is the BEST! You can check out our catering menu on our website. We'd love for you to give us a call and let us help you host a delicious Italian spread with the best pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks!


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Best Dad In the WORLD!

We all agree that our Dad is the best! Maybe even the best dad in the whole world. Here are a few fun facts about how Dad's around the world celebrate the day that is ALL about them!


Italy

Father's Day in Italy is celebrated on March 19th, which also coincides with St. Joseph's Day! Much like in America, children make gifts, cards and poems for their Father's. At one point, people wore Shamrock Green to commemorate the Holiday, and sometimes there are still traditional donkey races! Luckily for you, Li'l Rizzo's is bringing Italy to you for Father's Day, with the best Italian food in the Lake of the Ozarks!

Thailand

In Thailand they celebrate Father's Day on December 5th, along with the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The King gives a speech, and yellow is the color of the day! Many schools will organize special events to celebrate, and host morning shows comprising of traditional dances and dramas. In the evening there are concerts with singers from all across the country and a candlelight ceremony at dusk. Fireworks end the day and the Thai national anthem. Father's are also given the Canna flower, to show them respect and reverence.




Mexico

Like many Father's Day celebrations, in Mexico, food is extremely important to celebrating the day! An enormous breakfast is prepared with all of Dad's favorite foods, even desserts! Then Dads can work off their food coma with the "Carrera Dia del Padre 21K." It's an annual race that occurs in Mexico City on Father's Day.  A great way for Dad's and their children to bond, and spend a day outside running a road race. Father's Day is celebrated the third Sunday in June as well, and they celebrate not just their Father's, but father-like figures, such as grandfathers, big brothers, step-fathers, and other important men in their lives.

Germany

A German Father's Day Holiday is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, or Ascension Day. The
Holiday is generally celebrated with wagons of beer being pulled into the woods and spending the day hiking and drinking. Some men celebrate with a beer crawl instead!

Russia

The closest thing to Father's Day in Russia is defender of the Fatherland Day, established to commemorate the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. It is observed on February 23rd and honors not only those serving in the military but all men in general! So gifts don't just come from your kids, but sometimes co-workers and friends!

Well there you have it! Fun traditions and ways to celebrate the best Dad in your world! Whether you plan on spending the day hiking (with beer!), running a race, eating tons of food or spending time with your family, we hope you have a great day! We'd love to be a part of your celebrations by having you over for Father's Day Dinner at the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! If you still need to get your Dear Old Dad something, consider getting him a Li'l Rizzos gift card! You can call the Osage Beach Location to pay for it, and then pick it up in the store! Come over, eat the best pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks, and spend quality time with the special men in your life!



Friday, June 12, 2015

What is a Calzone?

Chances are you’ve heard of a calzone, and if you’ve been to our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, you’ve likely seen them on our menu. However, ours are a little sweeter than the traditional Italian calzones. If you’ve never tried a calzone, you may not really know what they are. Well, Li’l Rizzo’s is here to explain!

What is a Calzone? 


A calzone is a type of Italian pizza that is folded and filled. It takes on the shape of a half moon and is made of salted bread dough. A typical calzone is baken in an oven and filled with salami or ham, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan or pecorino cheese, amalgamated with an egg. However, regional preferences differ and you can find calzones that include other toppings typcially associated with pizzas. Smaller calzones, known as panzerotti, can also be fried in olive oil rather than baked. You can even find dessert calzones like the one's we have here at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant.

History of the Calzone


The calzone originated in Naples, Italy during the 18th Century. Translated "pant legs," calzone was originally created as a "walk around pizza" that could be carried out of the restaurant and eaten without utensils. This Italian style turnover was created by folding a pizza in half. Keep in mind that pizzas in Italy are small, single servings meant for one person. These sandwich-sized calzones are often sold at Italian lunch counters or by street vendors.

Calzones at Li’l Rizzo’s


At Li'l Rizzo's, we offer two different sweet dessert calzones:

Chocolate Calzone
Flakey pastry shell full of rich dark milk chocolate, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.

Apple Calzone
Flakey pastry shell filled with cinnamon and apple slices, topped with caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Be sure to try one of our tasty calzones next time you’re at either of our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant locations! Whether you’re looking for something savory or something sweet, our calzones will do the trick. See you soon for some of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks you’ll ever have!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Come See Us at Li'l Rizzo's Lake Race Weekend!

Lake Race is one of the most anticipated Lake of the Ozarks events of the year! This weekend fans from all across the country will join us here at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks for the exciting powerboat races. Li'l Rizzo's welcomes you to the Lake and we're offering a special deal to our Lake Race fans!

Lake Race Schedule 


Friday, June 5 
Lake Race Street Party on the Bagnell Dam Strip starting at 6 PM. Open to the public with activities for kids and families. The Patrick Lentz Band from Kansas City starts at 7 PM. Enjoy fireworks at dusk by Brilliant Skies Fireworks.

Saturday, June 6
Let the races begin! There will be more activities for the kids, plus racing from Noon to 3 PM. The first lap followed by opening ceremony starts at 11:30 PM. Listen to KRMS 1150AM, 97.5FM, 104.9FM or krmsadio.com for live wall-to-wall coverage, updates on 93.5 ROCKS, watch on Ozarks CW, MyZou, and via live streaming on krmsradio.com.

Sunday, June 7 
The races continue! Watch or listen live from Noon to 3 PM. The National Anthem will kick off the races at 11:55 AM. Racing concludes at 4 PM with the winners announced and awards given at 5:30 PM.

Lake Race Charities


While racing is exciting and fun, Lake Race brings more to the table than just fast boats, it raises money for charity! This year's Lake Race Charities include:
Look for THIS Ad in the 2015 Race Program!

  • Lake Area Fire Protection Districts
  • Bagnell Dam Strip Bautification Project
  • Coast Guard Auxillary 
  • Knights of Columbus 
  • MO Master Naturalists
  • YMCA 
  • PAWS Place
  • Boy Scouts 


Stop by and see us at either of our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant locations while you're in town for Lake Race 2015! We've got the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks waiting for you. Be sure to pick up your copy of the Official 2015 Lake Race Program and take advantge of our $5 off coupon!

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