Thursday, September 14, 2017

Watch the Game With Us!

Fall is one of our favorite times here at the Lake of the Ozarks. While the fall foliage and scenery is beautiful, the fall season means that football is here! Now that football season is officially underway, it’s time for you to find that perfect place to watch your favorite team. Somewhere with a fun atmosphere, great drinks, and delicious food. At Lil Rizzo’s, we have just that! Whether you prefer college football or the NFL, the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to be! 

Let's face it, football brings out the food junkie in all of us.  It's not enough to simply watch the game, Li'l Rizzo's wants to have you over for dinner too! With the fan favorite appetizers like potato skins and mozzarella sticks ready to go, all you need to watch the kickoff is an ice cold draft beer.

Cold Beer and Signature Cocktails

Football and beer go together like two peas in a pod. For some, watching football isn’t the same unless they have a cold one in their hand. At Li’l Rizzo’s, we have a variety of draft beers to choose from, as well as several bottled varieties. If beer isn’t for you, we also have a full bar available! You can watch your favorite team while enjoying one of our delicious drinks.

Did We Mention All Day Happy Hour?

Happy Hour is very important to us at Li’l Rizzo’s. We have drink specials and half priced appetizers Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. But Sundays are a little different here. We do all day Happy Hour on Sunday. Yes, you heard right. You get all of our great Happy Hour deals all day. So, no matter when your team plays on Sunday, you will be able to enjoy Happy Hour. Need we say more?

Specials on Tuesday & Thursday

Wings and pizza are both fan favorites! On Tuesdays, you can enjoy our award-winning wings for only 45 cents each. On Thursdays, our five toppings pizzas are only $8! Thursday night football just got even better at Li’l Rizzo’s.

Two Great Locations

Li’l Rizzo’s has two great locations for you to watch the game. Our first location is located off of Horseshoe Bend and has a beautiful Lakeview for diners to enjoy. Our second location is conveniently located in the heart of Osage Beach right next to the Premium Factory Outlet Mall. No matter which location you choose to watch the game, you will get the same great service and the same delicious food.

Come make your football viewing extraordinary at Li’l Rizzo’s. Your favorite team, delicious food, ice cold beer and friends and family, what more could you ask for? The best sports bar at Lake of the Ozarks has everything you need! Come make Li’l Rizzo’s your football headquarters! 

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Friday, September 8, 2017

It’s Here! All Day Happy Hour on Sunday is Back!

You heard right! All day Happy Hour on Sundays at Lil Rizzo’s is back. Yes, you can still enjoy Happy Hour during the week after work, but now you can enjoy those same awesome deals all day on Sundays. What better way to end a great weekend than at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the OzarksBefore we take a look at the awesome deals available during all day Happy Hour, let's take a look at some Happy Hour fun facts and how it got us here.

Happy Hour Fun Facts

  • The term Happy Hour first originated in the 1920s. It referred to the time when sailors in the Navy were away from their shifts. Their Happy Hour was a little different than the Happy Hour we experience today. Back then, it consisted of boxing or wrestling and didn't revolve around adult beverages as much. 
  • Happy Hour became popular during prohibition. When you tell someone they can’t have something, they usually end up wanting it more. Having cocktails before dinner wasn’t really a “thing” until prohibition came along.  
  • Happy Hour is more about money than spending time with others. American Express and Technomic conducted a study that showed the main reason Americans go to Happy Hour is for the discounted prices, not to hang out with friends. Hey, we don’t blame you!

Now for the good stuff, half-priced appetizers!

Can’t decide which appetizer to get? With all day Happy Hour pricing, you can try as many as you would like!

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Hour Drink Specials

You’re going to need some refreshing drinks to help wash down those delicious, half-priced appetizers. At Lil Rizzo’s, the Lake of the Ozark’s best happy hour, there are specials on domestic beer, well drinks and house wines. We are sure to have something for everyone!

Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm is great, but Happy Hour all day on Sundays is even better! At Lake of the Ozark’s favorite Italian restaurant, you get just that! You can enjoy all day happy hour every Sunday at either of Lil Rizzo’s two locations. Come spend your Sunday with us!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Best Wines For Our Pastas

There is nothing better than pasta and wine. However, we may be a little bias on that subject! While you can't really go wrong with pasta and wine, when you find that right combination, it can make your meal even better. When trying to select the perfect wine for your pasta, you actually have to pair it with the sauce. Here are a few of our favorite wine pairings you can find at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Tomato-Based Pasta

Tomato-based pasta dishes, such as our spaghetti or linguini marinara, are best with medium-bodied red wines like a Zinfandel, which can be enjoyed at our Lake Ozark location, or a Merlot. These sauces are powerful, high acid and are often blended with rich, red meats, so a middleweight body is the best options, as it won't over power the dish.

Cheese Pasta

It's hard to find a wine that won't pair well with cheese. However, full-bodied white and light-bodied red wines typically go well with pasta dishes that feature cheese, such as our lasagna and baked mostaccioli. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are two options that will really enhance the flavor of our dishes.

Seafood Pasta

If you're interested in one of our seafood pastas, such as our fettuccine with shrimp or shrimp scampi, look for light or medium bodied white wine. Our house Pinot Grigio is a popular choice with those who order our seafood pastas.

Creamy Pasta

Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay pair very nicely with creamy pastas, such as fettuccine Alfredo. However, make sure the chardonnay hasn't been aged in oak, as an overly oaky Chardonnay and creamy pasta dishes don't mix very well. Pinot Grigio contains a decent amount of acid, which can stand up to the savory characteristics of an Alfredo sauce without losing its refreshing flavor.

These are only a few of our favorite pasta dishes at Li'l Rizzo's, and pasta isn't the only thing we offer! From traditional Italian entrees like Chicken Parmesan to American favorites like our Rizzo's burger, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant. Now that we have you thinking about food and wine, you'll have to come try some of these pairings, or get creative and make your own!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

3 Benefits Of Having Your Party Catered By Li'l Rizzo's

No matter the size of your event, we make party planning a little easier with our catering services. From weddings to office parties and everything in between, let Li'l Rizzo's provide you with top-notch catering at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy when you order catering from Li'l Rizzo's for your event.

1. Your Guests Will Love It

When you have your party catered by Li'l Rizzo's, you can choose from delicious appetizers, your favorite pasta dishes and even meal combinations. The best part? Your guests will love it! We offer party size portions of some of our more popular dishes from the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Make your party stand out by having tasty options for your guest to enjoy.

2. No Cooking For You

Make party planning easy and have us do all the hard work! Our Lake of the Ozarks catering service 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. There is no need to worry about having enough time to cook enough food for everyone when you call Li'l Rizzo's catering. No dirty dishes to wash, no rushing to get everything done and more time to spend with your friends! What's better than that?

3. It's Easy!

Li'l Rizzo's catering comes self-served. Our party size portions come ready to go and you can set it up however you like. When setting up, you can keep the food in the containers they come in, which will make cleanup a breeze, or you can transfer it into plates and bowls that match the theme of your party. In addition to our food menu, we have everything you need for your event. We also offer beverages, paper products and condiments. Our catering staff can even stay and help out with your event! Make party planning even easier with catering by Li'l Rizzo's.

Check Out Our Catering Menu



Serves 12 and includes 12 slipper rolls, house salad and side of Cavatelli con Broccoli or Mostaccioli with meat sauce. 


It just doesn't get better than enjoying a delicious meal prepared by your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. We specialize in creating mouthwatering meals that will keep you coming back again and again. When hosting a party, don't stress yourself out over what food to prepare, give Li'l Rizzo's a call at 573-348-3600 to speak with our friendly catering specialist.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bring The Whole Family To Li'l Rizzo's!

August is recognized as Family Fun Month, and there is no better way to top off a fun day with the family than a delicious meal at Li'l Rizzo's. Food and family are a central part of Italian culture. In fact, many family gatherings are centered around food. Our family friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for your next family gathering. Li'l Rizzo's offers a diverse menu that the whole family can enjoy. Check out a few of our favorites from the menu:

Kid Approved!

Our kid's menu is for kids 12 and under and includes Coca-Cola products, tea, milk or apple juice. 

Gummy Bear Pizza - 6-inch cheese pizza served with a side of gummy bears
Chicken Tender & Fries - one 3 ounce hand breaded, deep fried chicken tender served with a side of homemade French fries. 
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce - Spaghetti noodles and our homemade meat sauce. 
Fettuccini Alfredo - Wide flat noodles served with our homemade Alfredo sauce.
Cavatelli con Broccoli - Shell shaped noodles, mushrooms and broccoli in our homemade Alfredo sauce. 
A Side of Gummy Bears - Add a side of gummy bears to any kids meal at an additional cost.


Desserts are a great way to celebrate any occasion, so make sure you ask your server about our dessert special!

Chocolate Calzone - A flaky pastry shell full of rich dark chocolate, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup. 

Apple Calzone - A flaky pastry shell full of apples and cinnamon, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel. 

Family Favorites!


Our pizzas come in a personal size (10'), a shareable size for 2-3 people (14") and a family size for 3-4 people (16"). Pizzas are a great addition to any family gathering.

Macho Meat - Red sauce, pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, bacon & Canadian Bacon with Provel and Mozzarella Cheese.

Veggie - Red sauce, mushroom, tomato, green bell peppers and onion topped with Provel and Mozzarella cheese.

Buffalo Chicken - Brushed olive oil, Provel cheese, roasted garlic chicken, bacon and red onion. Drizzled with our original wing sauce.

Having A Family Reunion? Let Li'l Rizzo's Cater!

Summer is the perfect season to spend time with family. If you have an upcoming family event or reunion, let Li'l Rizzo's cater it! We have several different menu options on our catering menu. Below are a few of our favorite:

Fettuccine con Pollo 
Cavatelli con Broccoli
Roasted Garlic Chicken

Family Fun Month - Rizzo's Style!

Whether you are just going out to dinner or celebrating a family reunion, Li'l Rizzo's is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. Our diverse menu has something for everyone! From traditional Italian favorites to burgers and fries, you are sure to find something for even the pickiest eaters. Join us at one of our two locations. Our Horseshoe Bend location offers great views of the lake, while our Osage Beach location is conveniently located next to the outlet mall. See you soon!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Get Ready For School With Li'l Rizzo's!

Many schools across the nation are starting back up this month! Both Osage Beach and Camdenton both start school on August 21. With just over a week to go, we want to help you get prepared and make sure you start school off on the right foot. Here are a few things that can help you with the 2017/2018 school year!

Get School Supplies

Between notebooks, pencils, folders and textbooks, your child will be carrying around a lot, so make sure they have a good backpack that can hold all the necessities. Most schools will let you know what each grade needs and some times teachers will have specific items they want their students to have.

Get Plenty of Rest

Although it was fun staying up late this summer, it's time to get back to a regular sleeping schedule. We want to make sure you're ready for the first day of school, and this begins with making sure you're getting enough sleep. Sleep is an important part of your physical health, and it also helps with making sure you can pay attention in school. A study showed that students who got B's and better got 17 - 33 more minutes of sleep during the week nights and went to bed 10 - 50 minutes earlier than those who got C's and below.

Get A Routine

During the summer, routines kind of go out the window because of vacations, sleep overs, camps and all the other fun things you get to do during the summer. Having a routine can make things easier during the school year. It will help keep all the after school activities in order and it will help make sure that things like homework get done.

Get Your New School Clothes

Depending on the school your child attends you may have uniforms or dress codes. There are places at the mall where you can get uniforms that match the school guidelines. Also be sure to verify the school dress code before purchasing new school clothes. You may also want to keep an eye open for some seasonal clothes such as jackets and warm shirts. It may still feel like summer outside, but before you know it the weather will be changing!

Celebrate With Li'l Rizzo's!

With summer coming to an end soon and school starting back up, make sure you leave room for one last hurrah! Things can get a little crazy, hectic and stressful, so take some time to relax and celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

While you're out shopping for all of your school supplies and clothes, remember to make Li'l Rizzo's a part of your day! We have the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks and we are a great place to sit down and relax from all of the busyness and preparation for school. We have a delicious lunch and dinner menu, and our Osage Beach location is conveniently located at the Premium Outlet Mall. Don't forget, we also have a great carry out menu. Imagine a busy day full of shopping and preparation, and instead of having to make dinner you can stop by Li'l Rizzo's for the best take out at the Lake of the Ozarks. We wish you all a wonderful school season!

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Quackiest Event Of The Year!

The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop is this weekend, and Li'l Rizzo's is proud to be a sponsor of this year's event. This quacky annual event will be taking place both Friday, August 4 & August 5. This is a great way to have fun with the family and give back to our community. All proceeds from this event stay locals to help community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters. Li'l Rizzo's has all the information you need about this year's event and how you can participate!

Photo Credit: Great Dam Duck Drop Facebook

Quacky Golf Tournament
Friday, August 4
Lunch & Check-in at 11:30AM
1:00 PM Shotgun Start

This year, Li'l Rizzo's is getting involved with Duck Drop by being a hole sponsor for the one-of-a-kind quacky golf tournament. The 5th annual Duck Drop Golf Tournament features quacky twists like crazy holes and fun obstacles placed around the course to test your game. All proceeds from the golf tournament benefit Kiwanis and Big Brother Big Sister. Although the early bird sign up has ended, there is still time to register for the golf tournament.

Entry to the tournament includes:
- 10 Duck Drop Tickets ($50 value) for the Duck Drop event on August 5 at Noon. 23 winning Duck Drop tickets came from these complimentary golfer tickets in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016!
- Award ceremony immediately following the tournament.
- Tournament goody bag.

Golf Tournament Prizes
- Hole in one contests
- $5,000 putting contests
- Closest to the pin and long drive contests

Visit to register.

Photo Credit: Great Dam Duck Drop Facebook

Fun Zone & Duck Drop
Saturday, August 5
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ducks Fly @ Noon

The whole family can enjoy games, dunk tank, bounce houses, martial arts and dance demonstrations, food and lots of prizes and goodies! Fun Zone wrists bands are FREE and include all Fun Zone events, games and prizes. Tickets for the Duck Drop can be purchased at the Fun Zone until 11:00 AM for $5 each for your chance to win $5,000 plus 9 other GREAT prizes! The best place to watch the ducks drop from the helicopter is just past the Lake Ozark Campground and RV park office below the Bagnell Dam. Ducks will be dropped from the helicopter as well as from pontoon boats in the river. The first duck to cross the finish line wins $5,000! 9 additional ducks will win prizes as well. Winners will be announced at the Family Fun Zone and on Mix 92.7. You do not need to be present to win.

  • 1st - $5,000 cash
  • 2nd - $1,000 cash 
  • 3rd - $500 Woods Shopping Card
  • 4th - $100 HyVee Shopping Card
  • 5th - $100 HyVee  Shopping Card
  • 6th - $100 HyVee Shopping Card
  • 7th - $100 HyVee Shopping Card
  • 8th - $100 HyVee Shopping Card
  • 9th - TBD 
  • 10th - TBD

Photo Credit: Great Dam Duck Drop Facebook

Li'l Rizzo's is excited to be a part of this year's Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop! Tickets for the Duck Drop can be purchased at the Fun Zone located at Lake Ozark Campground & RV park, as well as Woods (Osage Beach, Lake Ozark & Sunrise Beach), HyVee, Tri County YMCA, Aria Beach Spa, Central Bank (Camdenton, KK Branch, Osage Beach, Lake Ozark) and any local Kiwanis member. Don't forget all proceeds from this event stays local and distributed to non-profit organizations via the Ozark Coast Kiwanis Organization. For more information for this great community event, visit After a fun-filled and quacky day, come by Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant for a delicious lunch or dinner. We're located just a few minutes from the dam down Horseshoe Bend Road!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Most Delicious Day Of The Year!

Saturday, July 29 is National Lasagna Day! To celebrate, we wanted to take a look at the history of this delicious, traditional Italian dish. However, it's origins might surprise you! Before you come into Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant to satisfy your cravings for lasagna, let's look into the history of it.

Not So Traditional Italian

Although lasagna can be found at nearly every Italian restaurant, it technically didn't originate in Italy as you may have thought. Its history can be traced way back to Ancient Greece. The name Lasagna, or "Lasagne" is derived from the Greek word 'Laganon,' which is the first known form of pasta. However, Laganon was not a traditional lasagna as we know it today with traditional Italian ingredients, but it was composed of layers of pasta and sauce. It was named for the method in which it was made, not for the ingredients.

Modern Day Lasagna

While Italy may not have been the inventors of this layered dish, they certainly can be credited for perfecting it! The lasagna dish that we know and love today made its debut in Naples, Italy during the Middle Ages. During those times, lasagna was perfect for feeding a lot of people. and was usually made on special occasions. When Italian immigrants made their way to America, they brought along their favorite variations of this delicious dish. That's why today there are so many different variations of lasagna. While some prefer a meatier sauce made with pork or ground beef, other add roasted vegetables and spinach to the layers. There is no wrong way to make lasagna!

Lasagna at Li'l Rizzo's

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's then topped with a blend of mozzarella and Provel cheese and then baked. It's mouth watering cheesy goodness!

Celebrate National Lasagna Day at Li'l 

If you LOVE lasagna like we do, come on by Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant to celebrate National Lasagna Day! We have many other dishes in addition to lasagna, so no matter what you're in the mood for, we have something for everyone! We hope to see you Saturday to celebrate National Lasagna Day!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Italian History of Amaretto

The importation of Amaretto to the United States didn't occur until the 1960s, however, once it came to the States, it quickly became a hit! Whether as a mixer in cocktails or in food preparation, people couldn't get enough of this almond flavored liqueur. While you may be able to guess it came from Italy from the Italian sounding name, Amaretto has a very old and interesting history.

What is Amaretto?

The word Amaretto is actually Italian for "a little bitter." It's a unique liqueur with an almond flavor, however, it doesn't always contain almonds. When Amaretto is made, the standard base of the liqueur is made from either apricot pits or almonds or both. Like many other spirits, it may contain a number of added spices or flavorings. If almonds are not used, the flavor is achieved through apricot kernel oil, burnt sugar and a variety of spices.

Its Italian Origins

Amaretto is the liqueur of love that was first produced in Saronno, Italy. While this liqueur is often associated with the little Italian cookies that are flavored Amaretto, its history goes much, much deeper.

Amaretto dates back to the 16th century. The local Saronno legends suggest that an artist, Bernardino Luini, who is a student of Leonardo Da Vinci, traveled to the town in 1525. He was commissioned to paint frescoes in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. He needed a model for his Madonna for the "Adoration of the Magi" fresco. A beautiful, widowed innkeeper became his muse, and some say she became much more to him. She fell madly in love with the artist and to demonstrate her feelings, she gave him a special gift, which was the first ever Amaretto. Her recipe was a blend of brandy, apricot kernels and a secret mix of spices.

Amaretto Today

There are two producers of Amaretto who both claim this legend as their own. Lazzaroni, who are known for their amaretti biscotti cookies, and Disaronno.

In 1786, the Lazzaroni family first made their famous cookies for the King, and to this day, they remain the most popular brand of amaretti. In 1851, they created their Amaretto Liqueur, which is an infusion of the cookies with a little caramel for color. Their Amaretto is still produced and bottled in Saronno, Italy, and they claim it's still based on the widow's recipe.

Disarono also claims to be the originators of Amaretto. They have been producing Amaretto since 1900, and claim their recipe comes from the Reina family, who insist theirs came directly from the widow and passed down from generation to generation. It's thanks to a marketing campaign by Disaronno that led to the rise in popularity of Amaretto across Europe and the U.S. during the 1960s.

Amaretto at Li'l Rizzo's!

Amaretto is a popular liqueur to use in cocktails, and you are most likely to find it on the menu in an Amaretto Sour, which is Amaretto, lemon juice and an optional egg white. At Li'l Rizzo's there are a few drinks on our specialty menu that feature this delicious Italian liqueur.

Banana Split Daiquiri - Amaretto, rum, banana liqueur, cream, pineapple juice, grenadine, nutmeg.
Pineapple Upside Down Martini - Pineapple juice, vanilla vodka, grenadine, amaretto.
Summer Splash - Vodka, grenadine, amaretto, orange juice, southern comfort, pineapple juice, lime juice.
Italian Margarita - Sugar rim, amaretto, tequila, triple sec, sweet & sour.

Whether you're wanting to try one of our delicious signature cocktails that features Amaretto, or you're wanting to devour in some of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks, Li'l Rizzo's is the place to be! The best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks is Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM and features great drink specials and half price appetizers. Every Sunday night at our Lake Ozarks location, you can enjoy live music from Me & Jim!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

5 Reasons You NEED To Visit Li'l Rizzo's

Li'l Rizzo's has been a staple at the Lake of the Ozarks for over 20 years, and we're well known for having the best Italian food. However, if you haven't had a chance to try our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant (or if you just need a reminder), here are 5 reasons to come visit us soon!

1. Homemade Italian Food

We know there are a lot of places that serve pizza and pasta, that's why our mission is to become your favorite restaurant. How do we do that exactly? With gourmet pizza, pasta, world famous salad, and of course, legendary service. When we say gourmet, we mean the fresh ingredients, the secret hand-crafted recipes and the love we put into every dish. You will really be able to tell the difference!

2. Tasty Specialty Cocktails 

In addition to our homemade food, we also have a fully stocked bar, which allows our bartenders to serve up almost anything you can think of. However, if you're not feeling creative, no worries! We have a full menu of tasty, specialty cocktails. Check out our blog that features just a few of the cocktails off our menu that are perfect for the summer season.

3. The Best Happy Hour

The best Happy Hour at the Lake of the Ozarks happens Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. It features great drink specials and half priced appetizers, which includes these favorites:

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.

Plus so much more!

4. Family Friendly Environment

The best part about joining us for lunch or dinner is our family friendly environment. The whole family will LOVE coming to our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant. There is something for everyone on our menu so even the pickiest eater will find something they'll enjoy. In addition, our little diners will get crayons and a coloring page to keep them entertained until their food arrives at the table.

5. Live Music Every Sunday 

Every Sunday night at our Lake Ozark location, we have live music from Me & Jim. Delicious Italian food, cocktails and live music - it's the perfect way to end your week! "Me and Jim" play instrumental renditions of rock music from the 60'S and 70's. They use vintage guitars and sometimes mandolin, performing familiar tunes at conversational volume. "Jim," that is Jim Biggs, has performed in concert with such big names as Chuck Berry, Barbara Mandrel, and Barbara Fairchild. Jim played the Hotel Circuit pickin' country and rock music during the 70's and 80's all across the country. He owns a pile of vintage guitars, mostly Les Pauls, and has been known to bring several of them to the shows and switch guitars as they become too hot to handle! As for "Me," Frank Phelps grew up playing rock music and performed in many bands that no one has ever heard of, but had fun just the same. Frank has performed from California to Canada in night clubs, hotels, and basements, doing concerts, dances, parties and festivals.

These are just a few of the many reasons to visit the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether it's your first visit or if you're a regular, we love that you decided to join us at Li'l Rizzo's. We can't wait to see you soon!

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