Thursday, June 30, 2016

Interesting Facts About How Beer Was First Crafted

It is believed that beer has been around since ancient civilization. It is hard to pinpoint the exact era and society that created this delicious beverage, but we are sure glad they did! At the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have over 20 different kinds of beer. From the tap or the bottle, enjoy your favorite beer at Lil’ Rizzo’s. Many American’s love their beer, so for this Fourth of July, Lake of the Ozarks’ best Italian restaurant is looking into the history of this beloved beverage.

Beer and Ancient Civilization

Around 10,000 years ago, society moved from hunters and gatherers to more stable environments and began farming grains. It is unknown exactly when and how the process of beer was discovered, but it is thought that some bread or grain got wet and began to ferment into a pile of mush because of some yeast in the air. Why someone thought to consume this fermenting mush is unexplainable, but because of this brave soul, we now have the process of brewing beer, so thank you!

The first alcoholic drink dates back to Ancient China, it was created with rice, honey and fruit. However, the first barley beverage most likely originated from the middle east. Although people were probably creating beer for a while, the first documented beer recipe dates back about 5,000 years. Vessels from 3400 B.C. coated in sticky beer residue were uncovered by archeologists, and there is a hymn from 1800 B.C. describing a recipe for a beloved ancient brew made by female priestesses.      

Egyptian culture continued the brewing traditions and started altering the flavor with the addition of dates, olive oil and mandrakes. Greeks and Romans also brewed beer, but as wine became more readily available, beer became known as the drink of the barbarians. Beer was soon only consumed in the outer areas of the Roman empire, where wine couldn’t be cultivated or imported.

Beer in the Modern Times

It wasn’t until the middle ages when monks and other artisans began brewing beer seasoned with hops, that beer got its taste that we enjoy today. In Germany, beer started being mass produced with a set of standards as early as the 19th century.

The 1800s saw major advancements in the process of mass production beer with the invention of automatic bottling and commercial refrigeration. The rise of the railroad made mass production and distribution possible across huge, sparsely populated areas such as the United States. By 1880, there were around 3,200 breweries in operation in the U.S.

By 1935, prohibition turned over 3,000 breweries into only 160, and people turned to home brewing to get their frosty beverage. During World War II, the food shortage led to the brewing of lighter beer. Women tend to like this lighter beer better, while men still preferred the heavier brews. When the war ended, both remained popular, and the remaining breweries took advantage of this new market.

Beer connoisseurs today undoubtedly have the most choices and highest quality beers. The options and quality are not just for the mass produced beers. As home brewing becomes more popular, people are able to enjoy their own high-quality beer that they created themselves.

Enjoy Your Favorite Beer at Lil’ Rizzo’s

If you do not feel like waiting for your home brewed beer to ferment, come to Lil’ Rizzo’s to enjoy a cold brew anytime you want. Lake of the Ozarks’ best Italian restaurant has all your favorite beers, wine and Italian cuisine. If you are looking for delicious food and cold beer, come to Lil’ Rizzo’s today!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Online Ordering at Li'l Rizzo's for Your Convenience!

Now that it's the 21st century, restaurants are coming a long way in the options you have to order your food, and Li'l Rizzo's is no different. While you can still enjoy the close-knit, home-like feel of a sit-down restaurant, we also have given you the option of a much trendier way to get the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you haven't heard about our newest ordering methods, read on, because this may be your favorite way to indulge in our food yet!

Online Ordering

Have you ever been sitting at your computer desk, listening to the rumble in your stomach, but just not sure you want to get up and warm up those sub-par leftovers from last night? Now you can order from your favorite restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks with just the click of a button, and have fresh, Italian food sitting on your desk in no time. You don't have to worry about the lunchtime blues when you visit our website.

How to Order Li'l Rizzo's Online

We currently only offer online ordering through our Horseshoe Bend location, but never fear, it's come to the Outlet Mall location soon! Here are some simple directions for ordering food from our website:

  • Go to
  • Click on the Online Ordering button on the top left of the screen, or the large ORDER NOW online button on the lower left side of your screen.
  • Click the location you would like to pick up your order from (only Horseshoe Bend currently)
  • If you already have an account with us, you can now log in, or, if you are new to this, click the gray Create Account button.
  • Fill all of your information in the spaces, and anything with a red Astrix next to it must be completed.
  • Don't forget to check the boxes at the bottom to receive all of our specials in you inbox or through texting!
  • Click Create Account.

Now comes the fun part! Once you've created your account (or logged in), you can choose a category from our menu to start ordering.

  • Appetizers
  • Wings
  • Soup and Salad
  • Entrees
  • Pastas
  • Pizza
  • Specialty Pizza
  • Kids Menu
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Beverages
  • Lunch Specials
  • Soup and Salad
  • Sandwiches (only available during lunch!)

Adding to Your Cart

You will then be directed to the menu you've chosen, and you can start adding things to your cart. You can also start a group order, so if you and all of your co-workers start craving Italian food simultaneously, you can order and pick up everything at once! We'll give you some more details about the group ordering later on in this blog.

After you've added everything you want, you can click the checkout button, and then select your order type, and the store that you'll be picking it up from.

Once you've selected that you will be picking up your order at our restaurant, you can make sure that your contact information is correct, and choose your payment form.

Now it's time to Continue!

Payment Information

Enter your credit information to proceed with your order, and for security purposes, we use a high-level 256-bit encryption when processing it. Your information is safe with us! Make sure that you include all of your information, and don't forget that you can add tips as well.

Group Order

A group order allows you to submit several orders as once. You can send the order form to the people placing their order, by clicking Start a Group Order underneath the checkout button. Enter a name for your group order, and if there is a limit on how much everyone can spend, you can create that limit. Finally, add the email addresses of your guests, and select the Finished button to send.

Once everyone has ordered, it is the Host's responsibility to check out the order and make the final payment. The order will then be sent to the restaurant as one batched ticket. - See more at:

Your Favorite Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is At Your Service

Li'l Rizzo's is here to make your dining experience even more enjoyable. We realize that while you may want to come and sit down for a delicious meal, sometimes that just isn't possible. For those nights when you need to swing in quickly and grab your order, we have dinner under control. From family favorites to unique pasta dishes, our menu is diverse and everyone will find something for them. If you're ready to place your order, visit our website today! We can't wait to serve you.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Give the Best Father's Day Gift!

Happy Father's Day out there to all of the men who make a difference in our lives. We want to celebrate you, and one of the best ways to do that is at the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! Beer, pizza, wings, pasta, burgers and sandwiches are just a few of the delicious reasons we think your dad would love to celebrate his day here at Li'l Rizzo's. Here are a few fun facts about the holiday, and a few meals we think would make his mouth water!

Fun Facts About Father's Day

  1. The Stevie Wonder song "Isn't She Lovely" is about his newborn daughter, Aisha. If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying during the song.
  2. The world’s oldest father is believed to be Ramajit Raghav from India. He was 96 years old when his 52-year-old wife gave birth to a baby boy in 2010. Raghav was single until he was in his 80s.
  3. During the mother’s pregnancy, a dad’s testosterone levels decrease and the production of prolactin increases. Additionally, a study found that after men had kids, they were less likely to engage in high-risk activities.
  4. Father’s Day is celebrated at different times around the world. Spain and Belgium celebrate fathers on March 19; Australia and New Zealand honor fathers on the first Sunday in September; and in Britain, Canada, and the U.S., Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
  5. The only father-daughter collaboration to hit the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart was the 1967 hit single "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra.
  6. Wrestling and roughhousing with a father helps shape a child’s brain to help them manage emotion and develop a balance between thinking and physical action.
  7. In 1966, Lyndon Johnson finally made an official proclamation that Father’s Day would be recognized on the third Sunday of June.
  8. Father’s Day is the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls.
  9. A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd spearheaded the efforts for fathers to be recognized after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon at her church. Dodd’s father, a Civil War veteran, had cared for the family after his wife died while giving birth to the couple’s sixth child.
  10. Approximately 52% of fathers say they are the primary grocery shoppers in the family, an increase of 10% from 1995. Additionally, 11% of moms research the products they buy compared to 24% of dads.
If that last fact is true, then give Dad a break and bring him to Li'l Rizzo's where we've done all of the shopping for him!

Nothing Beats the Bacon

Does dad bring home the bacon in your family? Well, now it's time to give HIM the bacon with our delicious appetizers, entrees, pastas, pizzas and more all featuring BACON!

Macho Meat - Red Sauce, Pepperoni, Sausage, Hamburger, Bacon & Canadian Bacon, with Provel and Mozzarella Cheeses.

Supreme - Red Sauce, Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushroom, Onion, Bacon and Black Olives topped with Provel and Mozzarella Cheeses.

Buffalo Chicken - Brushed Olive Oil, Provel Cheeses, Roasted Garlic Chicken, Bacon and Red Onion. Drizzled with our original wing sauce.

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

BBQ Chicken - Tangy BBQ Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Roasted Garlic Chicken, Red Onion and Bacon.

St. Louis S.O.B. - Red Sauce, Provel Cheese, Italian Sausage, Onion, and Bacon.

Seafood Pizza - Alfredo Sauce, Provel, and Mozzarella Cheeses, Topped with Shrimp, Clams, Real Crabmeat, Mushrooms and Bacon.

Tortellini Alfredo - Ring shaped pasta filled with beef and pork in our homemade Alfredo sauce with peas, bacon.

Creamy Chicken Mostaccioli - A buttery Alfredo sauce with bacon, mushrooms and roasted garlic chicken.

Loaded Potato Skins - Potato “cups” filled with bacon, green onion, Provel, and mozzarella cheese. 

Fried Chicken Salad - A blend of iceberg and romaine lettuce topped with tomato, hard-boiled egg, red onion, bacon, carrot, red cabbage, Provel cheese and a homemade fried chicken tender.

Chicken Modiga - Lightly breaded, charbroiled chicken breast, over a bed of angel hair pasta topped with mushrooms, chopped garlic, bacon and melted Provel cheese in a white wine lemon butter sauce.

Enjoy Savory Flavors for Father's Day

If you don't know what to get dad for Father's Day, a dinner out with you is just what he probably wants. Spend some quality time enjoying the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks, in the restaurant that understands what family is all about. If you don't want to take dad out, you can always order the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks on our website, or from our app. Happy Father's Day from everyone at Li'l Rizzo's!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

It's Best Friend Day!

Did you know that on June 8th you can celebrate Best Friends Day? Whether you have only super close friendships or so many friends you can hardly count them you should definitely celebrate the friendships in your life. We can't think of any better way to celebrate the people in your life than by bringing them all out to Li'l Rizzo's for a celebratory meal! Here are three ways you can celebrate Best Friends Day with the help of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Sneak Out For Lunch

During the summer, we have a special lunch menu that features our amazing sandwiches and burgers, and they're only available until 3:00 PM. Our restaurant is the perfect place to sit down for lunch at the Lake of the Ozarks and enjoy quality time with your best friends. We also have delicious pasta dishes and pizza during lunch, and all are made fresh when you order. Whether you're craving burgers or sandwiches, here are a few from the menu that should make your mouth water.

Meatball Sandwich Homemade 

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

Rizzo Burger 

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

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.

Party At Happy Hour

Did you know that we have one of the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks? That is just one reason to bring your best friends out to Li'l Rizzo's for Happy Hour. We feature half price appetizers and awesome drink specials. What better way is there to celebrate your friends than with Happy Hour discounts! Here are a few appetizers that we're sure you'll love.

Spinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno Dip 

Creamy, cheesy dip with spinach, green chilies, and jalapenos. Served with nacho chips.

Traditional Bruschetta

Sliced French bread topped with butter and a parmesan, basil, garlic and olive oil spread, finished with diced tomato and green onions.

Toasted Ravioli

Beef ravioli deep-fried to a golden brown topped with parsley flakes, parmesan cheese and served with a side of meat sauce.

Enjoy a Sit Down Dinner

There's no better place at the Lake to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal than with us. We have a wonderful menu full of specialty items and incredible Italian dishes. If you're looking for a more formal sit-down meal to celebrate the best friends you have in your life, than dinner at Li'l Rizzo's is the best choice for you. Here are a few items on our menu that you and your buds will love.

Chicken Speidini 

Lightly breaded, marinated chicken breast, charbroiled and topped with a garlic butter sauce. Served over angel hair pasta with a side of lemon wedges 16.95

Roasted Garlic Chicken 

Roasted Garlic Chicken, green onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh chopped garlic sautéed in a delicate wine stock and served with angel hair pasta 11.95


Our lasagna is homemade. 6 layers of pasta, meat sauce, ricotta cheese, and Italian sausage. Topped with a blend of mozzarella and Provel cheese then baked 10.95

Best Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks

From celebrating fun days like Best Friends Day to celebrating Monday just because it's Monday, Li'l Rizzo's is always a good idea. Our staff works hard to make sure you're experience is positive and delicious. From the kitchen staff to our hostesses and waitstaff, we all hope you have a wonderful meal with us, and look forward to seeing you!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Celebrate National Dairy Month the Italian Way!

June is officially dairy month, and we can't think of any better way to enjoy it, than by kicking back with a huge plate of cheese pasta at the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! Dairy includes so many wonderful products that make our mouth water, cheese, milk, ice cream, whipped cream, Alfredo sauce, and more. If you're ready to learn about some tasty ways to enjoy dairy month, we're ready to show you!

National Dairy Month

This month-long celebration started out as National Milk Month in 1937, and it was a way that drinking milk was promoted. This holiday was planned to help stabilize the dairy demand when the production was at a peak, but now this annual celebration helps the entire dairy industry decided to make it a whole month dedicated to dairy in general.

National Dairy Month celebrates all of the wonderful things dairy brings to the table, from calcium, potassium, as well as nine essential nutrients to help manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and more. The protein in it can help build and repair muscle tissue and the vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin.

Fun Facts About Dairy Products

  • In 1856, the French scientist, Louis Pasteur, discovered that heating liquids to high temperatures can kill bacteria. This is called pasteurization, and it protects the purity and flavors of milk.
  • The Federal Government's Food Pyramid recommends that children between the ages of 9-18 need 3 servings of dairy products daily, and only 30% of boys and 12% of girls meet this suggestion.
  • Milk remains fresh for 7-10 days after the expirations date if refrigerated at 35-40° F. Each 5°F rise in temperature shortens milk’s shelf life by 50% because of the bacteria growth that happens.

Li’l Rizzo’s LOVES Dairy

It’s not uncommon to find lots of dairy in and Italian dish because we love cheese. When you come out to Li’l Rizzo’s here are a few of the dishes we feature that have LOTS of dairy on them.

Seafood Pizza
Our delicious Alfredo sauce, Provel cheese, and Mozzarella cheese is topped with shrimp, clams, real crabmeat mushrooms and bacon to make a dish that will soon become your favorite.

Alfredo PizzaIf seafood doesn’t tickle your taste buds, then maybe this pizza with Alfredo sauce, fresh chopped garlic, Provel cheese, roasted garlic chicken and artichoke hearts sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese will suit your fancy.

Chicken Parmesan SandwichHand breaded, deep fried chicken tender, topped with marinara sauce and baked Mozzarella and Provel cheese. Served on a hoagie with chips.

Spinach Green Chili & Jalapeno DipCreamy, cheesy dip with spinach, green chilies, and jalapenos. Served with nacho chips.

Cheese SticksMozzarella sticks, deep fried, sprinkled with parsley flakes, parmesan cheese and served with a side of marinara.
Cavatelli Con BroccoliShell shaped noodles, mushrooms and broccoli in our creamy homemade Alfredo sauce.

Creamy Chicken MostaccioliA buttery Alfredo sauce with bacon, mushrooms and roasted garlic chicken.

Best Italian Food at the Lake of the Ozarks

If anyone loves dairy products, it’s us. Many of our menu items feature some form of dairy from a white sauce to a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Our family friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has many different dishes and amazing meals, and we have something for everyone in the family. Come out and visit us for some fabulous food, and a way to celebrate National Dairy Month!

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