Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What You NEED To Know About Li'l Rizzo's

Although you can get pizza and pasta at a lot of different places, there are few that can call themselves the best. At Li'l Rizzo's, we have been named best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks five years in a row. We love food, especially Italian, and it definitely shows! With every bite that you take, you will be able to tell that it was made with care and the freshest ingredients around. If you want to learn more about Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian restaurant, we have everything you need to know about Li'l Rizzo's below.

How It Began

It all started in 1985 when Carol Borders moved to the Lake of the Ozarks and opened the original Rizzo’s Restaurant in the location of the storied Oaks Tavern on Bagnell Dam Blvd.  Rizzo’s was an instant success and one of the few restaurants that stayed open through the winter.  The original Rizzo’s was remodeled and reopened as Maggie Mae’s in 1991.

A second location was added at the corner of Hwy 54 and State Route KK in 1987.  Since this new store was a more casual version of the original restaurant, offering pizzas and sandwiches it was named Li’l Rizzo’s.  It remained open until 1989.

A third location opened in 1990 on State Road HH (Horseshoe Bend Parkway).  Once Li’l Rizzo’s on HH was opened it no longer made sense to continue operating the original Rizzo’s as an Italian restaurant and it was transformed into Maggie Mae’s.

Li’l Rizzo’s in Osage Beach opened in June 1997.  Currently, we have two convenient locations, Lake Ozark on Horseshoe Bend Parkway and Osage Beach on Premium Outlets Drive across the street from Dierbergs.  

The Amazing Italian Food

The truth is, you can get pizza and pasta lots of places these days.  We know that, which is why our mission is to become your favorite restaurant!  So how do we do that? With gourmet pizza, pasta, world famous house salad and legendary service!  The atmosphere is unpretentious, fun and “Lake Casual." By the way, Gourmet refers to our fresh ingredients, secret hand-crafted recipes and the love we put into every dish. 

Our pizza is thin crust with dough made from scratch.  (Hand-tossed available at the Osage Beach location)  Only the finest meats, cheeses and freshest vegetables adorn the top.  Since most of the pasta recipes originate from “The Hill” area of St. Louis, you can expect to find many regional favorites, like toasted ravioli, baked mostaccioli, cannelloni con Bianco, lasagna and several house specialty pastas. If there is one stand-out item on the menu, it has to be the house salad.  Cold, crisp and fresh, a blend of iceberg and romaine lettuce, diced red peppers, green onions and Provel cheese tossed in a red wine vinegar based creamy Italian dressing and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

The Locations

At our Lake Ozark location, enjoy outside dining with a beautiful view of the Lake of the Ozarks. The restaurant is only 2 miles west of Bagnell Dam Blvd., on Horseshoe Bend Pkwy. If you want to enjoy the Big Game, come to our Osage beach location! It is conveniently located across the street from Dierberg’s at the west entrance to the Outlet Mall.

Lake of the Ozarks' Favorite Italian Restaurant!

No matter which location you choose you are sure to have the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks. With gourmet food, world famous house salad and legendary service, you can't go wrong having lunch or dinner with Li'l Rizzo's! Don't forget about our Happy Hour, which includes drink specials and half-priced appetizers every Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and now ALL DAY on Sundays. In addition to Happy Hour, diners can also enjoy our award-winning wings for only .45 cents every Tuesday and our 5 topping pizza for $8 every Thursday. We look forward to having you over for dinner soon!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Watch The Game At Li'l Rizzo's!

One of the best parts about fall at the Lake of the Ozarks isn't the beautiful scenery, it's the fact that it is also football season! Missouri is passionate about sports, whether it's high school, college or professional. At Li'l Rizzo's it isn't enough to just watch the game, we want you over for dinner too! If you plan on watching any of the games this season, check out these reasons why you should watch them at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Cold Beer & Tasty Cocktails

Watching football just isn't the same unless you have a cold one in your hand. At Li'l Rizzo's, you can choose from several draft choices and nearly 15 bottle varieties to choose from, so a cold one is never far away. In addition to our wide beer selection, we also have a fully stocked bar! Watch your favorite team and enjoy a tasty drink at the best sports bar at the Lake of the Ozarks. 

Happy Hour Specials

At Li'l Rizzo's, we take Happy Hour very seriously. With drink specials and half price appetizers, you can't go wrong spending time after work with Li'l Rizzo's. Enjoy these specials Monday - Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. However,  starting Sunday, Sept. 25, our Happy Hour specials will be available all day on Sundays. Luckily for you, this means you get to enjoy drink specials and half price appetizers during Sunday Night Football.  

Tuesday & Thursday Specials

Wings or pizza? Which one will be accompanying your sports watching? Luckily, at Li'l Rizzo's, you don't have to choose because every night of the week is sports night! On Tuesdays, sports fans (and regular diners) can enjoy our award winning wings for only 45 cents each. In addition, on Thursdays, our five topping pizzas are only $8! With great deals like these, fans can enjoy dinner and the game! 

Two Great Locations

Not only should you be concerned with what will be served while watching the game, you should also take note of the location. Fortunately, Li'l Rizzo's has two great locations for your football watching experience. The first one, located on Horseshoe Bend, is the best Lakeview restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our other location is conveniently located in the heart of Osage Beach right next to the Premium Factory Outlet Mall. No matter where you choose to watch your football, you will get the same delicious food and great service. 

Watch The Game at Li'l Rizzo's

Sure, you can watch the game at home (how boring), but why not make your football viewing extraordinary by coming to Li'l Rizzo's!  Wings, pizza, ice cold beer and friends, what could be better than that? With a different game on every TV, wide selection of menu items and a fully stocked bar, Li'l Rizzo's has everything you need!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Enjoy Happy Hour All Day On Sundays!

After a hard day of work, there is nothing better than relaxing with your friends and enjoying a few cold ones. However, now at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can enjoy Happy Hour before you start the work week! Starting September 26, Li'l Rizzo's will be serving up Happy Hour prices all day on Sundays, so you can start your week off right. Check out all that you can get when you enjoy the best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozark.

Fun Facts About Happy Hour

Before we dive into Happy Hour at Li'l Rizzo's, let's take a look at some fun facts about the happiest of all the hours in the day. 

- The term Happy Hour originated in the 1920s. It referred to the time when sailors in the Navy were away from their shifts. Happy Hour usually involved boxing or wrestling as well as some drinks. 

- American Express and Technomic conducted a study and found out that the main reason Americans visit Happy Hour is for the discounted drinks, not the spending time with friends. However, at Li'l Rizzo's we enjoy both!

- Ironically, drinks before dinner were not common until prohibition. Americans would visit the Speakeasy or consume drinks at home before heading out to dinner. The naval slang "Happy Hour" became known as this time of consuming drinks before dinner. 

- In Ireland, Happy Hour is illegal. Well, not exactly Happy Hour itself. Since 2003, it is illegal to sell drinks at a discounted price. In fact, it is the only country to prohibit the concept of Happy Hour. 

Half-Priced Appetizers!

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

Garlic Cheese Bread - Sliced French bread topped with butter and a blend of mozzarella and Provel cheese. 

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

Chicken Tenders - Hand-breaded and deep-fried to a golden brown, served with a side of sweet and tangy, mustard-based BBQ sauce or tossed in your favorite wing sauce. 

Cheese Sticks - Mozzarella sticks, deep fried, sprinkled with parsley flakes, parmesan cheese and served with a side of marinara. 

Loaded Potato Skins - Potato "cups" filled with bacon, green onion, Provel and mozzarella cheese. Served with sour cream. 

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

Portobello Mushrooms - Sliced Portobello mushrooms sauteed in a Worcestershire-based sauce with garlic, butter and green onions.

Meatball - Homemade meatball topped with chunky meat sauce, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and parsley. 

Drink Specials!

In addition to tasty half-priced appetizers, Happy Hour guests can enjoy refreshing drink specials. Lake of the Ozarks' best Happy Hour is severing up specials on domestic beer, well drinks and house wine and drinks. 

The Best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian restaurant, you can enjoy drink specials and half-priced appetizers Monday through Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. However, starting September 26, you can enjoy those same deals ALL DAY on Sundays! You can enjoy these Happy Hour deals at either of locations. We hope to see you soon!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Best Pizza At The Lake Could Motivate Your Employees

People love pizza, however, did you know that it could also be used as a motivator at work? The best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks is now more than just a great addition to any party. In a recent study, it was proven that pizza is proven to increase productivity at work more than money. At Li'l Rizzo's we love pizza, and we love to cater any event, even work parties! How exactly does pizza work more efficiently than money to motivate employees?

Pizza Vs. Money

Duke University psychology professor, Dan Ariely, conducted a study that involved employees at an Intel factory in Israel. Those involved in the study received one of three messages that offered them pizza, compliments, or a cash bonus if they assembled a certain amount of computer chips that day. The control group received no message. On the first day, the pizza group increased productivity by 6.7 percent. The compliment was close behind at 6.6 percent. Amazingly, the cash bonus group was considerably behind at just 4.9 percent. On the second day, the crash bonus group performed 13.2 percent worse than those in the control group. In the end, compliments were the best motivator, followed by pizza with cash trailing behind. However, Ariely believes that pizza would have won out had the message offered to deliver the pizza at home to any winning employee, as "we not only would give them a gift, but we would also make them heroes in the eyes of their families."

Pizza At Li'l Rizzo's

The heart of any pizza is the dough. At the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, we make ours from scratch. Topped with hand-cut, fresh vegetables, premium meats and the finest cheese, we think you will taste the difference. Our pizza's come in three different sizes: 10 inches, 14 inches, and 16 inches.

Available Toppings

  • Pepperoni
  • Italian Sausage 
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Hamburger
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Green Olive
  • Black Olive
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Bacon
  • Roasted Garlic Chicken
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Red Onion
  • Tomato
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Fresh Jalapeno

Specialty Pizza

Supreme - Pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, onion, bacon and black olives.

Macho Meat - Pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, bacon and Canadian bacon.

Veggie - Mushroom, tomato, onion and green bell peppers.

Hawaiian - Pineapple, Canadian bacon and green bell peppers.

Buffalo Chicken - Roasted garlic chicken, bacon and red onion. Drizzled with our original wing sauce and ranch or blue cheese dressing. 

BBQ Chicken - Tangy BBQ sauce, roasted garlic chicken, red onion and bacon.

The Sicilian - Pepperoni, Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs and chopped garlic.

Seafood Pizza - Alfredo Sauce topped with shrimp, clams, real crabmeat, mushrooms and bacon.

The Best Pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Li'l Rizzo's, we are passionate about food, and our favorite (and surely yours too) is pizza! Our pizzas are always made with fresh vegetables, premium meats and the finest cheese. You'll be sure to taste the difference! There are several ways to order from Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian restaurant if you are wanting to order pizza for your office to reward them for working hard all week. You can order online at and pick up at our Horseshoe Bend location, call or stop by either of our locations. We look forward to serving your office!

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Friday, September 2, 2016

September 3rd is National Tailgating Day

It is officially football season, which means it is also tailgating season. Tailgating, to avid football lovers, is nearly as important as the games themselves. According to the National Tailgating Association, "It's not just about burgers and beers; it's a lifestyle." Do you want to impress your guests this season? Check out these tips to have the best tailgating experience this football season:

1. Wear Your Gear

The best part about tailgating is showing team spirit, so make sure you and your area are decked out to show your support. Whether you just wear a team's shirt or you go all out, getting together with friends to cheer on your team will make the experience of tailgating even better.

2. Arrive Early

A tailgating party can happen anywhere, whether it's in your driveway or at an NFL stadium. Either way, you want to make sure you have enough time to socialize and prepare for your tailgate party before the game. If you plan on tailgating at the event, it is a good idea to arrive a few hours beforehand to have enough time to set up your area and eat before heading in. If you are tailgating at home, make sure you have enough time to set up your TV or radio before everyone arrives.

3. Have Enough Food/Drinks

Nothing is worse than running out of food at a party. Make sure you have enough food and drinks for everyone by having your event catered by the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Have one less thing to worry about when you have your tailgating party catered. There is no need to stay up late preparing food for the next day, or making last minute grocery store runs because you forgot something. Life is just a little bit easier when you have your event catered by Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian restaurant. 

Tailgating Menu Sneak Peek

Pizza, wings, toasted ravioli, what more can you ask for a tailgating party? Li'l Rizzo's has almost everything you need to cater a tailgating party. Here's a sample of what you can get for your event:


Toasted Ravioli - (50/100 pcs.) $29.95/$49.95
Wings - (48) $44.95
Spinach, Green Chili & Jalapeno Dip - $19.95
Meatballs - (12) $49.95


Coca-Cola products are available in 20 oz. and 2-liter bottles.
20 oz. - $1.99 each
2 liter - $2.99 each


The best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is the home of the 16" large pizza. The create your own pizza is perfect for tailgating, as you can accommodate the pizzas to what your guests like. Our pizza's come in three sizes, which are 10" (feeds one person), 14" (feeds 2 - 3 people) and 16" (feeds 3 - 4 people).  Choose from items like pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, fresh jalapeno and more! Our pizzas are thin crust, but at our outlet mall location, you can enjoy a hand tossed crust.

Celebrate National Tailgating Day with Li'l Rizzo's

With Li'l Rizzo's, you can get nearly everything you need to host a great tailgating party. From pizzas to wings, your guests will be sure to love it! Visit our website at to view our menu and learn more about our Lake of the Ozarks catering services. You can even order your pizza online and pick up at our Horseshoe Bend location! 

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