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Celebrate National Spaghetti Day At Li'l Rizzo's!

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January 4 is National Spaghetti Day and there is nothing the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks loves more than a delicious bowl of spaghetti. Whether it's topped with meat sauce or with a bunch of delicious, fresh ingredients, there are many ways to enjoy spaghetti. Check out these fun facts about spaghetti to celebrate National Spaghetti Day.

Fun Facts About Spaghetti

- The Chinese have been eating pasta since 5,000 B.C.

- October is National Pasta Month!

- Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing pasta to America after he fell in love with a dish he had in Naples.

- The first pasta factory in America opened in 1848 in Brooklyn, NY. The machinery was operated by one horse in the basement and the pasta was sun dried on the roof.

- Al dente 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.

- The Italian eats more than 51 pounds of pasta ev…

Italian New Year's Eve Traditions

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The year is coming to a close and the team at Li'l Rizzo's is excited for what the new year has to offer. 2016 was an excellent year and there were lots of good times here at the Lake of the Ozarks. Although this year is ending, a new year is beginning and the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is looking forward to all that 2017 is going to bring. If you are wanting to ring in the New Year the Italian way, here are six traditions from Italy that are done on the last day of the year.

1. Food For Good Fortune

As with most Italian festivities, food plays an important part in the New Year celebrations. Similarly to Christmas, families typically get together for a large meal to ring in the new year. The star of the meal is the lentils, which symbolizes money and good fortune for the coming year. In addition to lentils, in many parts of Italy, they will also serve cotechino, which is a large spiced sausage, or zampone, which is a stuffed pig's trotter. The pork sy…

Celebrate Christmas Like An Italian!

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Christmas is a very big holiday in Italy and Italians celebrate with lots of unique Christmas traditions. While some off the traditions are the same in the United States, there are several that are unique to their culture. The best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks takes a look at how Italians celebrate the Christmas season, so you can join in on some of the fun traditions.

1. The Beginning Of The Christmas Season

While usually, Black Friday is the beginning of the Christmas season in America, in Italy, Christmas officially kicks off with the Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8. This is the day when decorations go up, both on the streets and inside homes, and when some Christmas markets begin. This holiday is both religious and state-sanctioned, which means a lot of offices and businesses close on December 8. However, this date doesn't have to do with the day of Mary's conception. Instead, it celebrates the day when the Church decided that Mary was…

What's Your Favorite Pizza Topping?

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Pizza is one of the most popular comfort foods and people just can't seem to get enough of it. There are so many toppings to choose from and everyone has their favorite. A study was conducted by Harris Poll to find out a little bit more about the average American's pizza preferences. They surveyed 2,193 U.S. adults online for five days and asked them what their favorite topping was, what style of crust they preferred, what beverage they like to drink with their pizza and where to find the best pizza (however, I think we know where to find the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks). Here is what Li'l Rizzo's has found out about people's pizza preferences.

Most Popular Pizza Toppings

It may be no surprise that pepperoni is America's number one pizza topping followed by sausage. Mushrooms came in at number three and surprisingly cheese/plain pizza came in at number four. Next is onions at number five and olives at number six. Bacon dropped in at number seven and ham…

Testimonials For The Best Italian Restaurant At The Lake!

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The truth is, you can get pizza and pasta at a lot of places these days. That's why our mission is to become your favorite restaurant. Li'l Rizzo's offers some of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! It's our goal to provide our guests with delicious, homemade meals that features fresh ingredients - you will be able to tell the difference! Don't just take our word for it, though, check out some of the reviews our wonderful guests have left for us.

“Favorite place to eat at the lake”
"We always eat at Rizzo's when we visit Osage Beach. Great atmosphere, staff friendly and welcoming. Since Rizzo's is NOT a chain, the food is the real star here..........excellent every time!!!!!!!!" ~ elovestheman Excelsior Springs, MO

"Love Pizza!"
"Looked at the menu online as I was going to order take-out. You can, also, order online! Large variety of very tasty looking items such as pizza, soups, salads, pasta's, sandwiches etc. but, …

Let Li'l Rizzo's Cater Your Holiday Party!

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December is full of different holidays, from Christmas to New Years, there are many different parties that you may be attending or hosting yourself. If you are hosting a party or need to bring an item to one that you are attending, make it easy on yourself and let the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks do the hard work for you. Our delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks will put your holiday gathering over the top. From savory appetizers to delicious pastas, your guests will be sure to go for seconds.

Appetizers
Toasted Ravioli (50/100 pcs.) - $29.95/$49.95 Wings (48) - $44.95 Garlic Toast (20 pcs.) - $8.95 Spinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno Dip - $19.95 Meatballs 912) - $49.95
Salad
1/2 Pan (12 side salads) - $35.95 Full Pan (24 side salads) - $54.95
Pastas
A 1/2 pan of pasta feeds 7 - 10 people, while a full pan of pasta feeds 8 - 20 people. 
Lasagna (9/18 servings) - $79.95/$139.95 Roasted Garlic Chicken - $49.95/$89.95 Spaghetti and Meatballs (5/10 meatball…

Surviving Black Friday With Li'l Rizzo's

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Black Friday is one of the best days to get your holiday shopping completed. Many stores are offering one-day-only sales or extending their "Black Friday" deals to all week or month long, so it is the best time to shop. After stuffing yourself full of turkey, you may be making your way to your favorite stores to find the best deals on the gifts your family has been wanting. To make sure you get the best Black Friday shopping experience, Li'l Rizzo's has a few tips to consider before heading out this Friday.

1. Create A Game Plan

Make a list, check it twice and stick to it. Black Friday ads have expanded beyond the traditional Sunday circulars. Many stores have their Black Friday deals online, so take advantage of this. Do your research and figure out which stores have what's on your wishlist. Once you get in the stores, the craziness of Black Friday may get overwhelming, so having a list that you can stick to will make sure that you don't forget anything - or …

Two Great Locations!

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No matter if you're Osage Beach or Lake Ozark, you can enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! Li'l Rizzo's has two amazing locations, both serving up your favorite dishes. Each of our locations provides a unique Italian atmosphere, which is sure to make a great dining experience. In addition, both of our restaurants have multiple TVs, so it's the best place to enjoy a delicious Italian meal and watch the game.

The Best View at the Lake!
2146 Horseshoe Bend Pkwy Lake Ozark, MO 65049 573-365-3003
Li'l Rizzo's opened up their Horseshoe bend location in 1990 and was an instant success! The Horseshoe Bend location is a smaller and has a more intimate setting, which is perfect for renting out for parties and events. From the beautiful view of the Lake from the outdoor patio to the bar that serves up the best drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks, Li'l Rizzo's has something for everyone. Although the best place to enjoy the view is from the outdoor p…

Men in the Woods, Women at the Mall!

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The temperatures are beginning to drop and Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, which means that it's time to start your holiday shopping! The Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect shopping destination with places like target, Kohl's, local boutiques and the Osage Beach Premium Outlet. When you are out shopping for your loved ones, take a break and enjoy a delicious meal at the Lake of the Ozarks best Italian restaurant.

Li'l Rizzo's Osage Beach location is right across the street from the 110-store outlet mall, so it is the perfect place to enjoy lunch while out on a shopping trip. While the men are in the woods this weekend hunting, women can be hunting for the best deals this holiday weekend! 
Osage Beach Premium Outlet Mall
Start the giving season with Osage Beach Premium Outlet Mall. You can find extraordinary deals from all your favorite name brand stores including Adidas, American Eagle, Ann Taylor, Kay Jewelers, Levi's, Loft, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armor, …

Celebrate National Sandwich Day at Li'l Rizzo's!

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November 3 is National Sandwich day! At Li'l Rizzo's, we have thebest Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as some delicious sandwich options. Our sandwiches are perfect for a yummy lunch, but also big enough for a filling dinner. Check out some of these sandwiches you can order from Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian Restaurant to celebrate National Sandwich Day and a few fun facts:

Fun Facts About Sandwiches

- John Montagu, the fourth Ear of Sandwich, is credited with creating the sandwich. It is said that he was unwilling to free up both hands during a 24-hour gambling event. He asked his servant to put the meat from his meal between two slices of bread so he could hold it in one hand and continue to gamble.

- The most popular sandwich in America is a standard ham sandwich followed by the BLT.

- On Average, American will eat about 1,500 PB&Js by the time they graduate high school.

- Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches a day.

- The largest sand…

Give The Gift Of Li'l Rizzo's

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Christmas may be the last thing on your mind right now with Halloween being right around the corner, but the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is starting a gift card promo soon that is perfect for gift giving! Beginning November 1, when you buy a Li'l Rizzo's gift card you'll receive a bonus card for free. The bonus card will have a value of 20% of the purchased card and will be valid through January 1 - October 31, 2017. Check out these five people who would love a gift card from Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant.


College Students

Gift cards are the perfect gift for college students, especially gift cards that give them the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! Besides money, gift cards are probably the number one thing that college students love to receive as gifts because nothing beats free food! When they don't get to enjoy home-cooked meals every night of the week, remind them of home with a Li'l Rizzo's gift card.

Newly…