Monday, November 23, 2015

Survive Black Friday at Li'l Rizzo's!

Black Friday comes around once a year, and always after you've experienced a food coma from Thanksgiving. This is your chance to grab some great deals on Christmas gifts that your family has been wanting - so why not take advantage of it! Here are a few tips to help make your Black Friday shopping plan easier and smarter.

Make a List & Check it Twice

Do your research ahead of time. Figure out which stores have what you want, and plan to make a b-line to them right off the bat. The glitz and glam of sales can be deceiving sometimes, so make a list that you can follow throughout the day. If you have a good idea of what you're looking for, it will be harder to get distracted along the way.

Start Early

It goes without saying, that the early bird gets the worm. The earlier you start, the better deals you can find. Have you ever gone out on Friday evening and seen the random slim pickings that are available? That's because everyone else started at 1 AM, and have been shopping till they dropped. Don't miss out on the deals you wanted because you didn't get an early start.

Plan Your Food Stops

If you don't plan for food, you could forget it in the busyness of the day! Make sure to make your reservations at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! We are conveniently located by the Premium Outlets, so even though you'll take a break from shopping, you'll be close and ready to go at it again after you've eaten with us. We have a phenomenal selection of pizza's, sandwiches, and pasta's, and a full bar with many fun mixed drinks.

Food on Black Friday at the Lake of the Ozarks

Friends don't let friends shop hungry! Come in and sit down for a spell while we whip up the most delicious meal you've had since Thanksgiving. We serve the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks and we are glad to provide you with just the respite you need from your busy shopping trip. See you on Black Friday!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Fun Thanksgiving Facts for the Dinner Table!

Nothing says "Thanksgiving" more than sitting around the table with family and enjoying a delicious meal! Li'l Rizzo's knows that the best memories are made when everyone is gathered together laughing, talking and eating. To make your time with you family and friends even more enjoyable, here are a few fun facts about this delicious holiday that you can share while you're all sitting around the table.

Fun Table Facts for Thanksgiving

The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat's horn filled to brim with fruits and grains. According to Greek legend, Amalthea (a goat) broke one of her horns and offered it to Greek God Zeus as a sign of reverence. As a sign of gratitude, Zeus later set the goat's image in the sky also known as constellation Capricorn. Cornucopia is the most common symbol of a harvest festival. The Horn shaped container is filled with an abundance of the Earth's harvest. It is also known as the 'horn of plenty’.

It was not until 1941, that congress declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was declared to be the fourth Thursday in November.

Here's one of those funny Thanksgiving facts: Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was "the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard."
On the West Coast of the US, Dungeness crab is common as an alternate main dish instead of turkey, as crab season starts in early November.

A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

Twenty percent of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving.

More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.

In October of 1777 all 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time; however it was a one-time affair commemorating a victory over the British at Saratoga.

Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey.

Best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

A popular trend recently has been a "non-traditional" Thanksgiving feast! Instead of celebrating the day with turkey, gravy and stuffing, you can celebrate with the best Italian at the Lake! Li'l Rizzo's won't be open on Thanksgiving, but we will be serving up the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks all day Wednesday. Give your pots and pans a break, and come enjoy a delicious sit-down meal served to you. You can also take advantage of our carry-out at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-302-1500 and place an order for some fabulous food that you didn't have to cook.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day From Li'l Rizzo's!

We proudly support and serve those who support and serve us. Thank you to all the men and women to have sacrificed so much for our country in the past, present and future. As a way of saying thank you, we have some great opportunities available to the veterans in our area, as well as some interesting facts about Veterans Day.

Lt. Borders on the left, and Lt. Dennis Fitzgerald on the right.
Li'l Rizzo's is Veteran Owned

Our very own Bill Borders is a veteran! He was a Naval Flight Officer in a S-3 squadron, and stationed at NAS North Island, CA. He deployed on-board USS Ranger in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea. He served from 1985 to 1993, and is now settled at the Lake of the Ozarks where he owns Li'l Rizzo's - with two locations. One place is in Osage Beach, MO, and the second place is in Lake Ozark, MO.

VS-38 Ranger from Lt. Borders time in the Navy.
Li'l Rizzo's Wants to Serve Those Who Serve Us

We appreciate all the men and women who have served our country in any capacity. We know how much the sacrifice involves, and we want to give back. If you are a veteran or active duty military we invite you to come and dine with us for free from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM today. Choose from any of our pasta dishes, or small pizza's, and enjoy at no cost. Thank to those who have served our country.

Veterans Day History

World War I was known at the time as "The Great War", and it officially ended when the Treat of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Because of that, November 11, 1918 is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars."

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given American to shower her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

Celebrate Veterans Day at the Best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

Li'l Rizzo's has been locally owned and operated by the Borders family since 1985. It was founded by Carol Borders, Mike Rizzo, and Ed Alexander. The original Rizzo's was located on Bagnell Dam Boulevard. The original "Big Rizzo's" was the first fine dining Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we continue to be the best place to find Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our history here at the Lake is proof that our food is fantastic, and that we love this community. Come in tonight and enjoy some delicious pasta or a small pizza -  on the house for all veterans and active duty military!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Draught Vs. Draft: What's the Difference?

Brew, barley soda, liquid bread, and suds. There are so many different terms and phrases for the ice cold beverage we all love. The one that confuses us the most though, is draught and do we know which one to use, or how to pronounce it? Li'l Rizzo's has the best bar at the Lake of the Ozarks, so we're curious what the difference is between draught and draft.


Definition: A serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg.
This could potentially save you from a very embarrassing night at the bar! Though it looks like it is pronounced like caught or bought, it's not. It's actually pronounce as "draft" according to A draught beer (AKA: spelt draft) is served from a cask or keg instead of a bottle or can. You can get draught beer in a "can form", and it's served in a pressurised container featuring a widget. A widget is a small plastic ball that you'll find in the can of your favorite draught beer, and it's purpose is to release CO2 from some of the beer. This creates a head (frothy foam on top), to mimic the texture of a beer on tap!

Examples of this word: Li'l Rizzos serves the best draught beer at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Definition: Draw up an outline or sketch for something.
That's right, folks. If you are texting a friend, and asking if the want to go get some draft beer, you're spelling it wrong. Who knew?! Even though draught and draft and pronounced the same, they are not spelled the same. When the word "draft" is used in regards to beer, it's actually an idiom, which just means it's special phrasing or a "peculiarity". It's just another confusing set of words in the English language, but as confusing as it may be, draught beer at the Lake of the Ozarks is oh so tasty!

Examples of this word: You can draft a speech or you can draft a can't draft a beer.

Best Draught Beer at the Lake of the Ozarks

Come drink a glass of amber nectar at Li'l Rizzo's! We have an amazing selection of beers that will go down smooth and leave you feeling happy. Our draught beers come in 16 oz. and 23 oz., and are served to you in cold, frosty glasses. We have ten amazing varieties to choose from on tap:
  • Bud Light
  • Sam Adams
  • 4 Hands Brewery (Seasonal)
  • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale
  • Miller Lite
  • Leinenkugel (Seasonal)
  • Mother's L'il Helper IPA
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cidar
  • Blue Moon Belgian Wheat

Li'l Rizzo's Has TWO Great Bars

The only thing that pairs better with beer, than more Italian food! We have the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks, and our fabulous dishes will pair perfectly with any of the beers you want to indulge in. We also have two locations at the Lake of the Ozarks, each with their own special qualities. You can learn more about our Osage Beach location in a recent blog we published. Our Horseshoe bend location features a fabulous view of the Lake of the Ozarks, and the same great food and bar that you love. Sunday's are ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR at Li'l Rizzo's! Come out and enjoy your favorite food and the best beers around.

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