Friday, July 29, 2016

Celebrate National Lasagna Day at Li'l Rizzo's

Today is National Lasagna Day. What better way to celebrate this delicious dish than coming to your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks? Although the origins of how this day began is unclear, we are sure glad it exists! To celebrate this day, Li’l Rizzo’s has scoured the web to find the best fun facts about this traditional Italian dish.

Fun Facts About Lasagna

  • Lasagne is the noodle used to create lasagna. It is a wide, flat pasta shape and it's thought to be the oldest noodle. Lasagne is actually the plural form of lasagna. However, when people say the word lasagna they refer to it as the singular form.
  • Lasagna is Garfield’s, the famous orange cat, favorite dish. He has been known to say that “lasagna [is] nature’s perfect food!” – we agree!
  • The lasagna dish was created in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy
  • Traditionally, the dough used to create the lasange noodles in Southern Italy was prepared with semolina and water. However, in the northern regions, where semolina was not available, it was prepared with flour and eggs.
  • The word lasagna did not always refer to the food. Originally, in Italy, it actually referred to the pot in which the dish was made.
  • Did you know that you can make lasagna in the dish washer? All you have to do is put the ingredients in your dish, cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil, then use the heated dry and sanitize cycle. However, we do not recommend this method for cooking this dish. Just come on by Lake of the Ozarks best Italian restaurant for some good lasagna – made in an oven. J
  • The largest lasagna, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, weighed in at a whopping 10,725 pounds and 7 ounces. It was created by Magillo Restaurant and Macro Supermarket in Wieliczka, Poland on June 20, 2012. The pan they used for the lasagna measured 82 feet by 8 feet and 2 inches. The attempt was made during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Poland and it was made in the city were the Italian team was staying. Around 5,000 people attended the event. Do you think you love lasagna that much to eat all of it?

Li’l Rizzo’s has a homemade lasagna dish that you can order in celebration of National Lasagna Day. Made with 6 layers of pasta, meat sauce, ricotta cheese and Italian sausage. It is topped with a blend of mozzarella and provel cheese and then baked.

Celebrate National Lasagna Day at Li’l Rizzo’s!

If you love Italian cuisine like we do, come on by Lake of the Ozarks favorite Italian restaurant to celebrate National Lasagna Day. However, we have many other delicious dishes – we have something for everyone! We hope to see you today to celebrate National Lasagna Day!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pokémon Go Takes Over Li'l Rizzo's

In case you haven’t noticed, Pokémon Go is rapidly taking over the lives of people everywhere! This popular game has certainly left its mark at Li’l Rizzo’s. We’ve had tons of Pokémon sightings and we even have PokéStops and gyms near our Osage Beach location! Do you want to “catch ‘em all?”  Stop into Lake of the Ozarks’ best Italian restaurant and our owner, Bill Borders, may even jump into action to help! If you don’t know what Pokémon Go is, where have you been? Players explore the town and catch Pokémon using their phones.

Recent Sightings of Pokémon at Li’l Rizzo’s

Li’l Rizzo’s on Horseshoe Bend has a ton of different Pokémon for diners to catch. (They must love our food!) You may even find some evolved Pokémon while enjoying your favorite meal. Here are just a few of the different Pokémon that has been sighted lurking around our menu & at our bar:


Weedle is a bug/poison Pokémon and has an acute sense of smell. It is capable of telling apart its favorite kinds of leaves to eat from the kinds it doesn’t like just from sniffing them. Wonder if it can smell the difference between a merlot and a cab!


Kakuna was sighted at Li’l Rizzo’s. However, it can also be evolved from Weedle using 12 Weedle Candies. This bug/poison Pokémon clings to trees and remains nearly immobile, but on the inside, it is busy preparing for its evolution, which is evident from how hot its shell becomes.


This bug Pokémon has an insatiable appetite as it can devour leaves bigger than itself in a matter of seconds. Caterpie releases a very strong odor from its antenna; don’t worry, though, it won’t ruin your appetite while you catch Pokémon and eat!


This particular Pokémon has a very unstable genetic makeup that suddenly mutates due to the environment in which it lives. Eevee can evolve into a water, electric or fire Pokémon.


During the day, this grass/poison Pokémon absorbs nutrients by burying itself in the soil. The more fertile the soil, the glossier its leaves becomes. They also must really like our pizza, as we can’t keep this one away!


Pidgey is a common sighting around the Lake of the Ozarks. It has a very sharp sense of direction and can find its way home no matter how far it travels. This flying Pokémon does travel a lot as it has been seen at our Outlet Mall location as well!


Although Pidgeotto can be evolved from Pidgey with 12 Pidgey candies, it has also been seen at Li’l Rizzo’s horseshoe bend location and near Li’l Rizzo’s at the Osage Beach Outlet Mall. Be careful around this Pokémon, as it is known to be very territorial of its home, but don’t worry just catch this Pokémon and come on in!

PokéStops and Gyms

If you are out playing Pokémon Go and run out of Pokéballs, don’t worry! Li’l Rizzo’s in Osage Beach is located next door to the Osage Beach Outlet Mall, which is home to many PokéStops, gyms and of course Pokémon. The west entrance to the Outlet Mall is a PokéStop, so make sure you stop by it before making your way into the restaurant.

If You’re Out Playing Pokémon Go, Stop by Li’l Rizzo’s

If you are out “catching ‘em all,” stop in to the best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. You’ll catch a lot of Pokémon here! Enjoy a drink out on the deck at our Horseshoe Bend location or celebrate a victory at our Osage Beach location after battling at the gym. Don’t forget about Happy Hour, which is Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., and enjoy half price appetizers and drink specials.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

For the Love of Italy – 4 Fun Facts about Italian Food

This may come as a surprise, but we love our Italian food. Ok, so it may not be a secret, but it is true, and many American’s seem to love it as well. We did a little research on Italian food and we thought to share some of the interesting facts that we found about the nation that inspired the best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks:

1. Italian Wine Wasn’t Always Good

For many years, Italian winemakers were thinking of quantity over quality. Thankfully, in the 1970s, Lucio Caputo, an Italian Trade Commissioner in New York, pushed the American media to give Italian wine another chance, which made Italian winemakers improve their product. In the 1980s winemakers started using better methods for the wine-making process. This dramatically increased the demand for better quality, Italian made wine. In the 1970s, Italian wine represented just over 18 percent of the U.S. imported wine market and by the 1980s, it represented roughly 55 percent.  

2. Pasta Can Be Over Cooked

Have you ever heard of the trick of throwing pasta at the wall to see if it is done? Well, we can assure you that this doesn’t work. Well, it does work, but it is a bad way to see if your pasta is ready to eat. Pasta is very easy to overcook, especially with store bought brands giving you a timeframe to cook it in instead of an exact time. The only way to truly tell if your pasta is done is by tasting it. Set your timer for the lowest time given on the package and taste to see if it is done. It should be al dente (to the tooth), so a little firm to bite. The more Pasta cooks the gummier it gets, so if it sticks to the wall, it is overcooked.

3. Alfredo is a Person

Alfredo is very popular in the United States. We have many different types of recipes featuring it, like chicken Alfredo and Fettuccine Alfredo. However, did you know that Alfredo is actually a person? He was a restaurant owner in Rome over a century ago. Later in the 1970s, many American celebrities were guests of his restaurants. They introduced his recipes in a new restaurant which opened in New York City when they came back. Thus, the beginning of the Alfredo craze!

4. Pasta Shapes Matter!

Although all the different shapes consist of the same ingredients and they do taste the same (for the most part), it does make a difference what sauce you pair with them. Pasta noodles are shaped to collect sauce or prevent it from clinging. It’s not like you can’t eat certain pastas with certain noodles, it just makes it a little bit more enjoyable or easier to eat. Thin noodles, such as spaghettis are typically served with tomato sauce or pesto, while tube pasta does well with meat sauce as the sauce is able to cling to the texture of these types of pasta. Delicate noodles go well with light sauces, and heartier noodles can be paired with heavier sauces.

The Best Italian Food at the Lake of the Ozarks

Do you love Italian food as much as much as we do? Then visit the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks to satisfy your cravings. From pizza to pasta, Li’l Rizzo’s has many delicious Italian favorites. We also have some non-traditional favorites as well including, toasted ravioli and baked mostaccioli. Join us for Happy Hour, which is Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and offers great drink specials and half priced appetizers. We hope to see you soon!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

4 Tips for Hiring the Best Catering Company

There are many reasons you may need a catering company. From weddings to business meetings, the best catering company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help. Usually, the first step in hiring a caterer is figuring out what kind of menu you need for your event. After you get that figured out, you will need to hire a company to make it happen. There are many steps involved in hiring someone to manage the food for any event. Li'l Rizzo’s created 4 tips to make this process easier:

1. Sample the Food

This is probably the best part about hiring a catering company. If you sample the food ahead of time, it will allow you the opportunity to see if you actually like the type of foods you picked out and you will be able to see how it is presented. If you need to change anything, now’s the time to do it, so be honest with your feedback.

2. Review in Person

If you meet in person, it will reduce the chances of miscommunication. You will also get a chance to see how everything is handled. If you see any problems, make sure to fix it early, or it may carry over to the event day.

3. Who is the Primary Contact?

Sometimes, the person who you work with during the sales process is not the person you work with during the day of the event. If you need to make last minute changes or questions that day, it is important you know who you need to contact.

4. Read the Fine Print

Make sure you review and understand the details of what you are getting and that it includes everything you asked for. Is the tax or gratuity included? If you need to add anything last minute, will you be able to?

Li'l Rizzo’s Do It Yourself Catering Menu

Catering is made easy with Li'l Rizzo’s! From appetizers to pasta to even beverages the best catering company at the Lake of the Ozarks has it all.


Toasted Ravioli
Garlic Toast
Spinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno Dip


Roasted Garlic Chicken
Fettucine Con Pollo

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Cater Your Next Event with Li'l Rizzo’s

The best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is ready to cater your next event. Li'l Rizzo’s is the perfect caterer for your next company meeting, party or wedding. Whether your event is big or small, make things easy by having it catered by Li'l Rizzo’s.  The best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks just got better! With fresh ingredients and secret hand-crafted recipes, Li'l Rizzo’s will become your favorite restaurant at the Lake.

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