Friday, December 30, 2016

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

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 every year, while the average person in North America eats nearly 16 pounds of pasta per year.

- Pasta comes in many different colors like green pasta made from spinach, red pasta made with tomatoes, gray pasta that is made using squid ink, and there is even pasta called "cellophane" because it becomes transparent when cooked.

- In 2013, Barilla World Pasta Day survey found that spaghetti was Americans favorite pasta dish followed by penne and rotini.

- Pasta's carbohydrates increase the body's production of serotonin, which scientists believe is the neurotransmitter that triggers feelings of happiness and well-being. So, eating pasta actually makes you happier!

- On April 1, 1957, the BBC aired a faux documentary that claimed spaghetti grew on trees. Over a million gullible British believed the claim after witnessed a woman harvesting noodles from a spaghetti tree in Switzerland.

- The largest bowl of pasta weighed 13,786 pounds with 120 gallons of sauce and was created by an Italian restaurant in Garden Grove, CA. Buca De Pepo filled a swimming pool full of spaghetti that measured 15 feet in diameters and 3.5 feet high.

- The longest strand of spaghetti noodle measured 12,388 feet and 5 inches. The noodle was created by a noodle restaurant in Japan on October 20, 2010.

- Emma Martina Luigia Morano is the oldest living person and she is 116. She claims that her old age is a result of her diet which consists of three eggs per day (two raw and one cook), fresh Italian pasta and a dish of raw meat.

- The world's largest producer of spaghetti is Italy who produces 3.2 million tons a year followed by the United States who produces 2 million tons a year than Brazil who produces one million tons a year.

The Best Pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you are looking for the best place to celebrate National Spaghetti Day, then you need to visit Li'l Rizzo's. From traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs to delicious Italian dishes like Chicken Parmesan, the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has it all! We look forward to having you over for dinner soon!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Italian New Year's Eve Traditions

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 symbolizes the richness of life in the coming year.

2. Red Undies For Luck

It's tradition in Italy to wear red underwear to fend off evil spirits and negativity, as well as bring happiness in the coming year. The color red has been used for centuries to ward off war and other disasters, so if you're strolling the streets of Italy on December 31, you may see red underwear hanging in the streets or shop windows. However, it's traditional that your red capodanno (underwear) be new and a gift from someone else, so no digging out an old pair, and if you buy your own, you're cheating.

3. Dance The Night Away

In America, it's typical for celebrations to fizzle out after midnight, however, in Italy, it is typical for celebrations to last until the sunrise to see the new year arrive. Some smaller towns build a bonfire in the central square where villagers will congregate into the early morning. Dancing is also popular and many towns have public music and dancing. Rome, Milan, Bologna, Palermo and Naples put on huge popular outdoor shows with pop and rock bands. These events can also be seen on televisions too.

4. Celebrate With Horns & Fireworks

In Italy, there are huge midnight firework displays to celebrate the coming of the new year. Most towns have public displays in a central square, however, private parties will also include firecrackers or sparklers as well and will last until the early morning. In fact, Naples is known for having one of the best and biggest New Year's firework display in Italy. In the coastal towns and near bodies of water, it's typical for boats to blow their horn to ring in the new year. According to superstitions, evil spirits don't like loud noises, so this is their way to ensure they are all scared off before the start of the new year.

5. Out With The Old & In With The New

In southern Italy, it is custom to throw your old things out the window, typically pottery, to symbolize your readiness to accept the new year. However, if you don't feel like throwing your items out the window, another acceptable tradition is crashing pots and pans together at your front door to scare away the evil spirits.

6. Let's Play BINGO!

During many Italian New Year's Eve parties, everyone will settle around the table for a game of tombola, which is similar to bingo. Tombola was created in the 1700s as an alternative to gambling, which during that time the church didn't approve of. King Charles of Naples made a concession to the Catholics and said he would only ban gambling during the Christmas period. However, Neopolitans found a way to get around this new law by playing tombola at home during the holidays.

Felice Anno Nuovo From Li'l Rizzo's!

Although 2016 is coming to an end, a new year is just around the corner. Lake of the Ozarks best Italian restaurant is excited for what 2017 has to offer. Li'l Rizzo's wants to wish you a Felice Anno Nuovo (Happy New Year)!  We look forward to serving you and your family in the new year!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrate Christmas Like An Italian!

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 born without having the stain of original sin.

2. The Eight Days Of Christmas

The eight days before Christmas, also known as the Novena, are filled with carolers singing traditional songs around the Italian neighborhoods. In Rome, Southern Italy or Sicily, bagpipe players, also known as zampognari, travel from the nearby mountains to play merry folklore carols.

3. Nativity Scenes

Along with fancy Christmas lights, wreaths and trees, presepi (nativity scenes) are displayed in many churches and piazzas around Italy. Naples is world famous for their hand-made nativity scenes. In fact, they have streets filled with workshops that are devoted to the craft of making presepi. 

4. What Not To Eat On Christmas Eve

Italian avoid meat on la Vigilia (Christmas Eve) to prepare and purify their bodies for Christmas Day. Although the idea was to eat lean, many Italians indulge on multiple courses of fish. However, on Christmas Day, they will enjoy a huge family dinner. After the "light" Christmas Eve dinner, on Christmas Day, Italians invite their family and friends for a large lunch that usually last all day long. Many save up to have a lavish celebration. They will serve up traditional dishes, such as pasta in brodo (pasta in broth), roasts and traditional Italian desserts like panettone.

5. Don't Skip Midnight Mass

After Christmas Eve dinner, many Italians head to midnight Mass at their local church to celebrate. Romans may even head to the Vatican for Mass with the Pope. However, Christmas Eve traditions vary from city to city in Italy. In Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomite Mountains located in Northern Italy, thrill-seekers will ski down the slopes with torches at midnight to welcome Christmas.

6. When To Give Gifts

In Italy, gifts are commonly exchanged on Christmas Day after lunch. However, in some smaller northern cities, gifts are exchanged on the morning of December 13 with the belief that the blind Saint Lucia bring gifts for children that day. Other Italian families may wait until January 6 when la befana, a "good witch" who is believed to have followed the wise men, but got lost, drops off presents. La befana is a typical tradition in Rome and Bologna, where the main piazzas often host fun activities for children. In Venice, locals believe that la befana arrives every year by boat. Regardless of when Italians open their presents, many keep their wrapped gifts on display on the pyramid-shaped ceppo, along with candles and other decorations.

 7. The End Of The Christmas Season

In Italy, the Christmas celebrations often extend into December 26 with the national holiday of Santo Stefano. During this time, families get together and eat leftover Christmas dishes and sweets. However, the official end of the Christmas season isn't until January 6, which is the Day of the Epiphany, and the twelfth day of Christmas. On the day before the Epiphany, families will prepare a large dinner to mark the end of the holiday season. Children are given candy or coal (usually made of black sugar), depending on if they were naughty or nice. After January 6, Christmas markets close and decorations will come down.

Boun Natale (Merry Christmas) From Li'l Rizzo's! 

The entire Li'l Rizzo's family wants to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Both our locations will be closed on the December 24 & 25 to give our employees time to spend with their families for the Christmas holiday. However, we hope to see you after the holiday to celebrate the end of this wonderful seasons and to enjoy a a delicious Italian meal at the Lake of the Ozarks. Boun Natale! 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

What's Your Favorite Pizza Topping?

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/Canadian bacon and pineapple tied at number eight. Finally all peppers, no matter the type, came in at number ten. In addition to pizza toppings, they also asked people what their favorite type of crust is and thin crust came out on top (29%). However, six percent say they have no preference when it comes to crust type, just give them the pizza!

What To Wash It Down With

Along with finding out what American's like to top their pizza with, Harris Poll also found out what Americans like to drink with their pizza. Among those who drink alcohol at least a few times a year, a majority say their like to wash down a slice of pizza with a nice, cold beer (54%). To be more specific, non-craft domestic beer is number one followed closely by craft beer and then finally import beer. Two out of ten (20%) say they're more likely to pick up a glass of wine while enjoying their pizza, while less are likely to turn to flavored malt beverages (9%), liquor or cocktails (9%) or hard cider (8%). However, two in ten (21%) say they prefer to skip the alcohol altogether.

Where To Find The Best!

While New York may have come out on top in the pizza study, the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks is found at Li'l Rizzo's! 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 place to get a delicious pizza pie! Our pizza is thin crust, which just so happens to be people's number one crust choice, with dough made from scratch. Hand-tossed is also available at our Osage Beach location. Only the finest meats, cheeses and freshest vegetables adorn the top of our pizzas.

The Best Pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks

Christmas is just under two weeks away! Give your friends and family the gift of the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks. For a limited time, when you buy one gift card, receive a FREE bonus card worth 20 % of the original! The bonus card will be valid from January 1 - October 31, 2017. Stop in either of our locations or order them online at www.LilRizzos.com. Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Testimonials For The Best Italian Restaurant At The Lake!

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, since I was focused on a good pizza, I went right there. Huge fan of thin crust and variety of items. The supreme called my name. Excellent, excellent! My mouth waters just thinking about it. When I entered the restaurant in Outlets Mall, I was quickly greeted, paid for my pizza and was out the door to enjoy. From my short time inside, there was lots of seating, bar and nicely appointed. I would go back again in a heartbeat! Yum." ~ Terry E. Cedar Rapids, IA

"Good Italian And Pizza Eatery"
"Enjoyed our dinner out on the patio overlooking Lake Ozark. The seafood pizza, which we substituted with red sauce, was excellent." ~ BancyN Palos Hills, IL

"Great Italian Food" 
"This is the third time I have eaten at this restaurant and will definitely come back. Great food and service." ~ cindy_dulaney Fredericktown, MO

"Li'l Rizzo's at Outlet Mall"
"This is our go to restaurant for a good meal. We eat here at least twice a month. Troy is always friendly and makes you feel special. Food is consistently good. Family atmosphere" ~ PatT

"Great Environment"
"We were in town looking to purchase a boat - we asked the hotel front desk for a recommendation for an Italian restaurant - she referred us to Li'l Rizzo's. GREAT recommendation. This was a Sunday evening - they had live entertainment - 2 guys playing guitars - I had the chicken alfredo - my husband had a cajun shrimp pasta dish - both were superb. Great atmosphere - great prices - great service. They have a full-service bar - so we had a glass of chardonnay with our meal. I would highly recommend this place! It looks like if visited during the day you would have a great view of the lake - nice wrap around porch with outdoor seating." ~ 2016LB

"Best Italian at the Lake"
"Have eaten here multiple times. Everything on the menu is good. Outdoor seating provides beautiful views of the lake." ~ Smokey360

"Very Good."
"Nice patio, great food, great service. They also have gluten free options. Large TV's in the bar area. Good for lunch and dinner." ~ Cindy L. 

"Place Was Hopping"
We stopped in on a Saturday night to grab dinner. It was full, but Steph was friendly and prompt. The food was great. We had spaghetti and cannelloni. The spinach, jalapeno dip was excellent. ~ mjbinkc Kansas City, MO

Stop by one of our two locations to see what everyone is talking about! Join us Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. to take advantage of the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks featuring half-price appetizers and drink specials!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

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 meatballs) - $49.95/$89-.95
Spaghetti and Italian Sausage (5/10 sausages) - $49.95/$89.95
Baked Mostacioli - $39.95/$69.95
Spaghetti with Meatsauce - $39.9/$69.95
Sausage-N-Peppers - $44.95/$79.95
Mannicotti (10/20 pcs.) - $39.95/$69.95
Canneloni Con Bianco (10/20 pcs.) - $39.95/$69.95
Canneloni Con Salsa (10/20 pcs.) - $39.95/69.95
Cavatelli Con Broccoli - $44.95/$79.95
Fettucine Alfredo - $44.95/$79.95
Fettucine Con Pollo - $54.95/$99.95
Totellini Alredo - $49.95/$89.95

Meal Combinations $189.95

Serves 12 and includes 12 slipper rolls, house salad and side of Cavatilli Con Broccoli or Mostaccioli with Meatsauce

Chicken Spedini
Chicken Modiga 
Chicken Rizzo
Chicken Parmesan
Beef Soto

Bread

Slipper Rolls - $8.95 Dozen

Beverages

Coca-Cola products are available in 20 oz. and 2 liter bottles

20 oz. - $1.99 each
2 liter - $2.99 each

Desserts 

Tiramisu (serves 20) - $89.99

Paper products and condiments are available on request.
Tax and gratuity are not included in prices.

Holiday Planning Made Easy!

Our Lake of the Ozarks catering services is perfect for any occasion! From holiday parties and weddings to business meetings and family reunions, our delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks is perfect for any gathering. To speak with our friendly catering specialist, call 573-348-3600. If calling after hours, please leave a message. You can also email kim@lilrizzos.com. Let Li'l Rizzo's  make your event one people won't forget!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Surviving Black Friday With Li'l Rizzo's

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 overspend.

2. The Earlier, The Better

If you feel the need to do something other than sitting on the couch after filling yourself full of turkey, go shopping! There are many stores open Thanksgiving night, so take advantage of it. Often times, the Balck Friday discounts will be in effect on Thanksgiving night. Capitalize on the great deals and avoid the long lines and Black Friday crowds.

3. Make Pit Stops

Black Friday isn't just an early morning shopping craze, it is an all day shopping experience. If you plan on a full day of shopping, don't forget to include where to have snacks, lunch and dinner in your game plan. If you want to celebrate a successful day of shopping, planning where to enjoy Happy Hour isn't a bad idea either! Luckily, the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is conveniently located next to the Osage Beach Premium Outlet Mall and across the street from Bed Bath & Beyond and Dick's Sporting Goods.You won't have to travel far for a delicious lunch that can recharge you, so you can have enough energy to find the best deals.


Give The Gift Of Li'l Rizzo's

There are many people who would love to receive a gift card for the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Luckily for you, Li'l Rizzo's is offering a buy one, get one on gift cards! When you buy one gift card, you will receive a second bonus card for free. The bonus card will have a value of 20% of the purchased card and will be valid January 1 - October 31, 2017. So, when you treat someone to a meal at Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian restaurant, you can come too! Whether it's a stocking stuffer for a family member or a gift for a friend, they'll love the gift of Li'l Rizzo's!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Two Great Locations!

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 patio, during the off-season, you can still enjoy that breathtaking view while dining inside. 

Watch The Game At Li'l Rizzo's

929 Premium Outlets Dr.
Osage Beach, MO 65065
573-302-1500

Our Osage Beach location opened in 1997 and is next to the Osage Beach Premium Outlets and across the street from Dierbergs. If you are coming to the Lake of the Ozarks to shop, make sure you stop by Li'l Rizzo's for lunch! From pizza and pasta to delicious cocktails, it's the perfect place to eat during your holiday shopping excursion. Our Osage Beach location is larger and has tons of seating. In addition, you will also find there are several TVs scattered around the restaurant, which makes it the best place to watch the game at the Lake of the Ozarks

Two Convenient Locations

If you want to enjoy the delicious food that we serve, but don't feel like dining in, both of our locations offer a carryout option. You can even order Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian food online!  Every Tuesday our award winning wings are only 45¢ and Thursdays is the $8, 5-topping pizza special.  Don't forget about our Happy Hour specials! Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., you can enjoy great drink specials and half priced appetizers. For a limited time only, we offer ALL DAY Happy Hour on Sundays!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Men in the Woods, Women at the Mall!

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, Yankee Candle and more! For holiday shopping that's always worth the trip, visit Osage Beach Premium Outlets.

 Deer Widows Weekend!

Deer Widows Weekend are geared to women looking to maximize the extended holiday shopping season, while also focusing on the opening of hunting season. Over the weekend, shoppers can enjoy some exciting events, such as a VIP Welcome Reception, Win Big Bucks Scratch Cards and a Block Party! During the VIP Welcome Reception, there will be prizes, entertainment and light refreshments. Stores will be donating items of $20 value or more to be used as surprise and delight at the welcome reception. The Win Big Buck scratch card even will feature 200 scratch cards that are available at each host store and will have prizes of varying value from $10 - $100. The weekend will end with a block party. Swag bags are provided by the host store to the first 200 shoppers at each center and may be supplemented with additional swag from other center retailers. 

Event Times and Locations

November 11 - 13
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

VIP Welcome Reception: Common area of the center Friday evening

Win Big Bucks: Varying locations on Saturday

Block Party: Sunday Morning at varying locations

Stop By Li'l Rizzo's To Fill Up!

Shopping can work up quite an appetite, so make sure you stop by Li'l Rizzo's for lunch, dinner or drinks with the girls. Happy Hour is from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Sundays! So swing on by and enjoy great drink specials and half-priced appetizers. The best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is conveniently located across from the outlet mall. Get your holiday shopping started early at Deer Widows Weekend!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

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

November 3 is National Sandwich day! At Li'l Rizzo's, we have the best 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 sandwich weighed 5,440 pounds and was made by Wild Woody's Chill and Grill in Roseville, Michigan on March 17, 2005.

- The longest sandwich measured an astonishing 2,411 feet and 5 inches and was created in Lebanon on May 22, 2011.

Sandwiches at Li'l Rizzo's

 Hot Italian Sub - Italian roast beef, smoked turkey breast and pastrami, served hot on a ciabatta bun with our house dressing, melted Provel cheese and green onions. Served with chips.

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich - Hand breaded, deep fried chicken tender, topped with marinara sauce and baked mozzarella and Provel cheese. Served on a hoagie with chips.

Sausage & Pepper Sandwich - Sauteed, Italian sausage, onion, red and green bell peppers, smothered in marinara sauce, melted mozzarella and Provel cheese. Served on a hoagie.

Tuscan Chicken - Tender sliced roasted garlic chicken, smothered in a blend of mozzarella and Provel cheese, served on a ciabatta bun with a side of lettuce, tomato and red onion. Served with chips.

Meatball Sandwich - Homemade 6 ounce meatball smothered in meat sauce, melted mozzarella and Provel cheese. Served on a hoagie with chips.

Italian Sausage Sandwich - Link Italian sausage smothered in meat sauce melted mozzarella and Provel cheese served on a hoagie with chips.

Hamburger & Homemade Fries - 8-ounce ground chuck (fresh never frozen) and homemade French fries. Served on a ciabatta bun. You can also add cheese!

Rizzo Burger - 8-ounce ground chuck burger topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, bacon and melted Provel cheese. Served on a ciabatta bun with homemade French fries.

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

At Li'l Rizzo's, we love Italian food and we love putting an Italian twist to traditional favorites like the classic sandwich. From the hot Italian sub to the Tuscan chicken, you can't go wrong with any sandwich you choose. At the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have a wide variety of different dining options from pasta to burgers, we have it all. We look forward to having you over for dinner soon!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Give The Gift Of Li'l Rizzo's

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.

Newlyweds 

Wedding planning can be a stressful time, so treat these newlyweds to a romantic night out. In addition, sometimes their budget can be a bit tight after paying for a wedding and the first thing to go is dinning out. Not only will they get a nice night out, they can also sit back and relax while we take care of dinner!

Foodies

If you have a friend or relative that LOVES a good meal and a great dinning experience, treat them to some of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. At Li'l Rizzo's, they will not only get some of the best Italian food, they will also get a great dinning experience.

Parents

Sometimes, parents can be some of the hardest people to buy for, as they have given you so much. Treat them to a nice night out - they deserve it! Give mom a break from cooking and cleaning and let us take care of it when you give them the gift of Li'l Rizzo's.

Teachers

An apple is a traditional gift to give your child's teacher, however, they would appreciate a gift card to Li'l Rizzo's much better! Teacher work hard, so let's show them a little appreciation with a meal at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Buy One, Get One!

Beginning November 1, when you buy a Li'l Rizzo's gift card, you'll receive a bonus card valued at 20% of the purchased card. The bonus card will be valid from January 1 to  October 31, 2017. So when you treat someone to a meal at Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian restaurant, you can come too! If you purchase a $100 gift card, you'll receive a $20 gift card for FREE! Whether it is a stocking stuffer for a family member or a gift for a friend, they will love the gift of Li'l Rizzo's!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location