Thursday, July 30, 2015

To Wind or Not To Wind: The Pasta Eating Problem

This is the great pasta debate that keeps pasta eaters around the country asking the age old question, "To wind, or not to wind?" Li'l Rizzo's is here to solve your pasta conundrums! We have 23 different dishes featuring the best pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we want to make sure you know how to properly eat and enjoy your pasta. Here are a few tips for eating these delicious noodles.

Fork or Spoon? Fork and Spoon?

As if eating pasta isn't complicated enough, some noodles are eaten with a fork, some with a spoon, and some with a fork AND spoon! If your pasta is served on a plate or in a shallow bowl (such as spaghetti and angel hair) you eat it with a fork. If it is served in a deep bowl (such as ravioli) you eat it with a spoon! The noodle length determines if you cut or wind the noodle. Thin noodles are wound around the fork tines, and you can balance the fork against the side of the plate or wind the strands with the spoon. If the noodles are wide (such as lasagna), you will cut them.

Fun Fact: It is not improper to suck your noodles into your mouth. It must be done quietly though!

Can I Cut My Pasta?

If you are in Italy you NEVER cut your thin noodles of pasta. It is easier, we'll admit, to cut your pasta with a fork and just grab little piece. If you cut pasta in it's homeland, it is one of the most horrible things you can do at the table.

Would You Like Some Cheese With That?

If you were eating your pasta in Italy, this is very dangerous territory; there are CLEAR rules to adhere to. The only real golden rule is that if the pasta contains any fish or seafood, cheese is forbidden! There are also plenty of controversies about this cheesy topic, but we're not in Italy, so you can do whatever makes your pasta eating experience the best! 

How do I eat the Meatball?

You will always want to cut your meatball into bite size pieces, but only one bite at a time. If your meatball is small you can cut it with your fork, if it is large you'll definitely want to use your fork and knife! Make sure that you get the fork well into the meat ball, since following scientific law, whatever flies off your plate will SURELY land on whatever will stain the worst.


When eating your favorite pasta dish at Li'l Rizzos, we hope these tips will make your dining experience even better! Our entire menu is fresh and homemade, providing the best dining at the Lake of the Ozarks! We have a delicious menu for catering, take out and dine-in. Whether you want to enjoy your meal in our fun restaurant, at home, or at a party, we are ready to serve you! We have been providing you and your family the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks for 28 years. We would love to see you for dinner tonight, and you can practice your new pasta etiquette!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Specialty Pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our specialty pizzas are delicious and made from the freshest ingredients. We are known for the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks, and that includes our pizzas! We have a fun environment with TVs to catch a game, and an amazing selection of beer and wine. When you dine with us, you don't just get good food, you get a great time! Check out our specialty pizza menu to see why you want to get pizza tonight!



Supreme

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

Macho Meat

Pepperoni, bacon, hamburger, Canadian bacon, sausage

Veggie

Mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, onions

Hawaiian

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


Our restaurant has been around since 1987, and we've been providing top quality food ever since. We have the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks because we have perfected our recipes and ingredients. Between our two locations at the Lake, we have grown a lot in the last 28 years. Our Osage Beach location offers a beautiful, large venue, perfect for coming in with friends to watch the game and share a drink. Our Horeseshoe Bend location boasts of a beautiful view of the Lake, which makes for a perfect, leisurely evening sipping a beer and enjoying a delicious pizza! Come by tonight for fantastic Italian dining at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

10 Fun Facts For the LOVE of Pasta!

For very obvious reasons, we LOVE pasta, and since you're reading our blog, you must love it too! With all of the sizes, shapes and colors, you are certain to find something for everyone. Between spaghetti, macaroni, and lasagna, there are over 600 different shapes of pasta around the world. With over 23 different and delicious pasta dishes to choose from, we have the best pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks! Here are a few fun facts about pasta to get your mouth watering before you come in for dinner tonight!

1. Pasta comes in many different colors. Most pasta is cream-colored, but some is made with spinach giving it a green color. Red pasta is made using tomato, and gray pasta is made using squid ink. Some pasta is called "cellophane" because it becomes transparent when cooked.

2. Pasta has always been in the lime light! Popular movies featuring pasta include Lady and the Tramp, Under the Tuscan Sun and Eat, Pray, Love.

3. "Al dente" (al-DEN-tay) literally means "to the tooth," which is how to test pasta to see if it is properly cooked. The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender at the same time.

4. The first American pasta factory was opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 1848,  by a Frenchman

named Antoine Zerega. The machinery was powered by one horse, and he placed the pasta on the roof to dry in the sunshine. On cloudy days, workers would listen for the call "sta piovendo" (It's raining!) - their signal to drop everything and run to the roof to rescue the pasta!

5. Most pasta is made using wheat products, but other types of pasta are made using ingredients such as rice, barley, corn, and beans.

6. On average, Italians eat enough spaghetti to wind around the world 15,000 times. The average American eats about 4-1/3 lb. of pasta per year.

7. All pasta is made using essentially the same equipment and technology, but in an independent taste test conducted by Consumer Reports, Cook's Illustrated and The Washington Posts, U.S. pasta was found either superior to Italian imports or the judges were unable to discern a different between them.

8. The most popular pasta shape is spaghetti, followed by elbows, rotini, penne and lasagna.

9. Researchers have found that the majority of people cook their pasta by breaking long noodles in half to fit the pot (about 55 percent) and adding salt to the boiling water (52 percent).

10. Avoiding or limiting carbohydrates can leave you feeling sluggish, tired and unable to concentrate. Complex carbs (like pasta!) provide the optimum type of fuel to power your muscles and brain. They are digested more slowly, it provides a slower release of energy to keep you going through the day. Basically...eat your pasta!!



We hope these ten fun tips have made you hungry for pasta. We have been voted the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for the last 5 years for a very tasty reason! Our food is fresh and delicious, and our service is impeccable. Today is always a good day for pasta, especially when you can come get Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4-6. Come use your newly learned facts while you eat some delicious pasta at the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pairing Our Best Foods With Our Best Wines!

Nothing can compare to a great dish paired with a delicious wine, especially when you're eating the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! There is always something on our menu to tempt your tastebuds. So when you're looking for the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, you've found them! Today we're going to feature a few of our delicious dishes, paired with a few amazing wines.

Cajun Shrimp & House Pinot Grigio

Our succulent shrimp is served with onions, green and red bell peppers in a Cajun butter cream sauce. We would pair the Pinot Grigio because the lower alcohol level in this white wine pairs wonderfully with the heat of this dish. Because white wines lack the sharp tannic quality of reds, this will match wonderfully with the shrimp in this dish.


Lasagna & House Pinot Noir 

We have the best lasagna at the Lake of the Ozarks! It's a homemade, layered pasta with ricotta cheese, meat sauce, Italian sausage and a two cheese blend, topped with meat sauce and melted cheese. The flavors are fabulous! To make them even better we would pair or House Pinot Noir with this dish. The wine is savory, and the bright flavors complement the acidity of the tomato sauce.

Rizzo Burger & House Cabernet

Our famous Rizzo Burger has all of the fixings to make it amazing, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions topped with melted provolone cheese. Our mouth is watering already! We think the house Cabernet would make an intriguing pair with the burger. It will add some sweet lush and plush fruit to the burger.

Roasted Chicken Capellini & Chardonnay, La Terre

Delicious, tender, marinated strips of chicken breast sautéed in olive oil with mushrooms, tomatoes, green onions and chopped garlic  come together to make this angel hair pasta dish. It's melt-in-your-mouth amazing! We would pair the Chardonnay, La Terre with this dish. Chardonnay with chicken is a classic combination, but that doesn't make it any less delicious!

These are only a few of our fantastic dishes at Li'l Rizzo's, but there are SO many to pick from, so this was quite the challenge! We have a wonderful selection fantastic Italian food varying between our pastas and pizzas. Along with many other fantastic foods such as our Wing Ding Winning Wings! Now that we have you thinking about food and wine you'll have to come try our pairings or get creative and make your own!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fireworks Safety Tips

Fourth of July is a big deal here at the Lake of the Ozarks! We will have thousands of people out on the water, and in our stores, restaurants and lodging options. We can't wait to serve you at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks during your Fourth of July celebrations! There will be many fireworks shows happening around the lake from water or land that you and your family can enjoy. Along with the shows many choose to buy their own fireworks to celebrate! While you're celebrating with friends, family and fireworks, here are a few safety tips for handling these dangerous and fun explosives.

Location is Important!

Only set up your fireworks in a large empty dirt lot, away from grass or uneven ground. A large empty parking lot  can work as well. Bring a large piece of plywood to use as a firing pad if you won't be lighting them on pavement.

Be Prepared

Always wear safety goggles when lighting your fireworks, and only allow adults (18 or older) to light them. Keep a flashlight and a bucket of water on hand at all times. You can also keep a fire extinguisher handy if you have one, though a bucket of water will be enough.

Keep your Distance

Make sure that all spectators are at least 50 feet away from the firing location. Only light one item at a time, if you want more than one to go off at a time you can fuse them together in advance. Lighting a row of fuses can be dangerous. After lighting the fuse make sure to be at least 10 feet away.

Supervise Children

Always supervise any children who will be using the fireworks. When using sparklers, beware that they reach up to 1,200 degrees, and little arms aren't long enough to keep the sparks away. You can poke a hole through a plastic cup and put the sparkler through the hole to help guard against burns.

Clean Up

Be sure to clean up the pieces after the show, but make sure to wear gloves to protect from burns. Also be sure to douse any of the remaining pieces in water before throwing them away to prevent any sparks and fires.

Fireworks are such a special part of Fourth of July and we hope you get a chance to visit some of the professional shows in the area! Here are a few shows that you and your family can enjoy!

Old Kinderhook
Friday, July 3rd
5:00 pm; Display begins at dusk.
Call for details: 573-317-3560

Freedom Celebration at Windermere
Friday, July 3rd
All Day – Fireworks 9:00 pm
Windermere Conference Center
Phone: 573-346-5200

Bear Bottom Resort
July 4th & 5th
9:45 pm
Call for details: 573-374-6905

Tan-Tar-A Resort
Saturday, July 4th
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Call for details: 573-348-3131

We hope you and your family have a fun and safe holiday weekend! Be sure to swing by your favorite, and BEST pizza place at the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend! We also have carry out and catering available as well, and we'd love to help you celebrate your Independence Day weekend with all of your family and friends! Stay safe and have a Happy Fourth of July!

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