Wednesday, February 24, 2016

3 Reasons We've Been Nominated for the Best of the Lake

Li'l Rizzo's is honored to make it into the final round of Best of the Lake in THREE categories! We're definitely feeling the love from our favorite customers, and we're excited to see where the final results will go. Today we'd like to expand on the three categories that we've been nominated in, and show you what really makes us stand out from the crowd.

Best Italian

We have been located at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1987. Since then we have been providing the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks at two locations. Our menu is filled with amazing pasta dishes, savory pizza, and great game food. Don't forget about our "world famous" house salad either! Fresh lettuce tossed with diced red peppers, green onions, provel and parmesan cheese in our delectable house dressing.

Aside from having the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks, we serve some amazing bar food. Our Rizzo's Italian wings are won first place for the tastiest wings in 2011! We also have chicken tenders, loaded potato skins, cheese sticks and MORE! Doesn't that list make you hungry?!

Best Pizza

When you're looking for a flavorful fresh pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have amazing specialty pizza's to choose from, or you can build your own! Our pizza is made fresh for you and your family, and we use only the freshest of ingredients.  We care about every pizza that comes out of the kitchen, and we want it to be the best you've ever had. Check out these amazing specialty pizzas on our menu:

  • Supreme
  • Macho meat
  • Veggie
  • Hawaiin
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Seafood Pizza
  • Buffalo Chicken
  • The Sicilian

Best Place to Watch the Game

One of the best reasons to come out to Li'l Rizzo's, isn't just the amazing Italian (though that's a BIG reason!), or the delicious pizza (though that's a great reason too!), but it's the fact that we are the BEST place to watch the game at the Lake of the Ozarks. Both of our locations are fitted out with televisions, and a great bar to sit at and enjoy every move of your favorite game. Our Osage Beach location has two GIANT TVs so that you won't miss a single pitch or throw in the game, no matter where you sit.

Best Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our family friendly restaurant is a great place to enjoy a meal together, or even get carry out! From enjoying pizza and other Italian delicacies, to watching the big game, we hope that you have the best experience with us and that you can vote for us in Best of the Lake 2016!

You can find the survey here: We hope you get a chance to hop over and vote for us, and all of the other great candidates around the Lake of the Ozarks, and we look forward to having you over to dine with us!

Lake of the Ozarks BEST Italian Food and Sports Bar! 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Celebrate Drink Wine Day the RIGHT Way!

Today is National Drink Wine Day, and we think the best way to enjoy this fabulous day is by sitting down to your favorite Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! Whether you enjoy a dry red wine, a sweet, or a white wine that bursts with flavor, we have just what you need today. As well as amazing food to pair with it!

Ruffino, Chianti, Ita & Lasagna

Our lasagna is homemade and layered with pasta, ricotta cheese, meat sauce, Italian sausage and a two cheese blend. It's finally topped with more of our delicious meat sauce and melted cheese. Our Ruffino is a Chianti blend and pairs wonderful with our lasagna because the rich flavors in this dish pair wonderfully with the assertive flavors of the wine. The fruity red wine also complements the garlic and other flavors in the red sauce. You can't go wrong when you enjoy this combination in our Lake of the Ozarks Italian Restaurant.

Red Diamond, Merlot, Wa & Our Supreme Pizza

Imagine sausage, onion, bacon, pepperoni, mushroom, & black olive all piled onto a delicious pizza, and then baked to perfection. That's what you'll experience when you dine with us and enjoy our supreme pizza. Our Red Diamond Merlot would be a wonderful combination with this pizza. The spicy flavors and the oak background are a perfect complement to our spiced sausage.

Blufeld Riesling, Ger & Rizzo's Italian - 2011 Wing Ding 1st Place Winner!

Our chicken wings are marinated in our special, award winning house dressing, baked and tossed in olive oil, parmesan cheese, and crushed red peppers. They are packed full of flavor and need a wine the complements them without masking the bold taste. Our Bluefield Reisling pairs nicely with our wings because this medium-sweet Blufeld combines citrus, peach and floral aromas, a juicy mid-palate and a crisp, refreshing finish. It pairs perfectly with spicy cuisine, and the exciting flavors in our wings.

Our Wines

House Wine

Chardonnay, La Terre, Ca
Merlot, La Terre, Ca
Cabernet, La Terre, Ca
Lambrusco, Ed Hardy
Pinot Grigio, La Fiera Ita
Pinot Noir B&g Bistro, Fr

White Wine

Beringer White Zinfandel, Ca
Blufeld Riesling, Ger
Moscato Barefoot
Kendell Jackson, Chardonnay
Simi, Chardonnay
Tiziano, Pinot Grigio
Schmitt Sohne, Riesling, Ger

Red Wine

Bridelwood, Pinot Noir, Ca
Banfi Col Di Sasso, Sangiovese / Cab, Ita
Ruffino, Chianti, Ita
Red Diamond, Merlot, Wa
14 Hands, Cabernet, Wa
Tiziano, Chianti, Ita
Clos Du Bois, Merlot, CA
Sebastiani, Cabernet, CA
Fleur De Lyeth, Meritage, CA

Enjoy a Meal at the Best Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

A wonderful way to finalize your Thursday evening is to come relax in our restaurant. Both locations are convenient, and our Horseshoe Bend location features a beautiful view of the Lake of the Ozarks. Use our food and wine pairings to give you inspiration on what you'd like to try, and then invent your own!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day From Li'l Rizzo's

The day of love is celebrated in many parts of the world, and is very significant to the Italian culture. When celebrating Valentine's day in Italy, there are many fun, meaning traditions that people enjoy, and much like in the Untied States, it is all about love and romance. Here are a few fun Italian Valentine's Day traditions that you could incorporate into your celebrations!

Valentine's Day History

Some say that Valentine's Day originated in the Roman Empire as a holiday to celebrate the Queen of Roman gods and goddesses. The Romans also considered the queen named Juno to be the goddess Queen of Women and Marriage.

Another idea is that St. Valentine, who was a priest, defied the Roman emperor's orders. He banned marriage between lovers during wartime, and Valentine secretly continued marrying them. Once it was discovered, Valentine was put to death on February 14th, and late named a saint by Pope Gelasius.

Locks of Love

This is a newer tradition that was started after the release of the best=selling book "Ho Voglio Di Te" (I Want You) by the Italian author Federico Moccia. The tradition consists of locking padlocks to bridges, railings, and lamp posts, inscribe your names on it, and then lock it and throw away the key. While this is becoming illegal, and the authorities are removing the locks, they still continue to appear.

Interesting V-Day Celebrations in Italy

Much like in the United States, lovers exchange chocolates and flowers and plan romantic dinners. There is a renowned chocolate maker, Perugina, who celebrates this day by making a special edition of Baci chocolate candies. They normally have a traditional hazelnut center, but during Valentine's day, they are filled with cherries and liquid center. They are wrapped in red foil with a love note inside, and always a favorite.

Florence and Venice are usually considered the most romantic places in Italy. Verona runs a close second, though, because that is where Romeo and Juliet fell in love and eventually died in Shakespeare's famous play. Verona has a four-day celebration of events designated  "Verona in love." There will be a giant heart painted in the center of the city, as well as heart shaped lanterns, and free concerts.

Valentine's Day Dinner at Li'l Rizzo's

It's time to treat your Valentine to a special dinner at  Li'l Rizzo's! We have a romantic restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks where you can sit down and enjoy each other's company over our delicious seafood ravioli. You can get five large ravioli stuffed with lobster, shrimp, and scallops with an amazing lobster cream sauce with a side house salad and dinner rolls. You can get all of this amazing food for only $19.99! 

Come out to Li'l Rizzo's on February 14th for a delicious, and romantic dinner at the Lake of the Ozarks, and celebrate this romantic holiday. Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Appetizers You NEED for the BIG GAME this Weekend!

With the biggest football game of the season happening this weekend, it's important to make sure you celebrate it in style. It's all about friends, football, and food, and Li'l Rizzo's is here to help you out. Whether you like gourmet appetizers or savory snacks, we've got just fixings you need to make your party amazing. Check out these mouth water appetizers that you can order for carry-out!

Spinach, Green Chili And Jalapeno Dip

Our delicious, creamy spinach dip is made even better when we top it with chopped green chilies and jalapenos. This savory appetizer is perfect when you gather with your buddies to watch the game.

Garlic Cheese Bread

Our cheesy garlic bread is a fan favorite and would make delicious appetizers at your football party!

Toasted Ravioli

These golden, meat-filled ravioli are sprinkled with parmesan and served with a side of meat sauce. They're so good that you won't be able to stop at just one.

Chicken Tenders

Tender strips of boneless chicken breast served with our special dipping sauce are a great alternative to wings for the guest who don't like to get their fingers dirty!

Cheese Sticks

Our cheesy mozzarella sticks are deep-fried to a golden brown and served with a side of marinara sauce. Cheer on your favorite team, while enjoying your favorite Lake of the Ozarks appetizers!

Loaded Potato Skins

Delicious potato cups filled with bacon, scallions, and melted Provel cheese are a wonderful way to enjoy your favorite game this weekend.


Our 6 oz. homemade meatballs are served with meat sauce and parmesan cheese.

Portobello Mushroom

We sautée our mushrooms in butter, garlic, and Rizzo's marinade, making them a five-star choice for your big game party on the weekend.

Bruschetta Bread

Our toasted bread is topped with fresh tomato, basil, garlic and parmesan cheese. It's a delicious combination!


Rizzo's Italian - 2011 Wing Ding 1st Place Winner!
Marinated in our house dressing, baked and tossed in olive oil, parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers.


Tossed in a buttery hot sauce.


A dry mildly spiced wing.


Tossed in a tangy bbq sauce.


This Sunday only, we have a deal that's just too good to miss! Order carry out this Sunday and receive 25% off of your order (up to $25 off!). This offer is only valid on Sunday, February 7th, 2016, and you have to bring the coupon in to qualify. Make your game day the best yet and get carry out from the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks!