Thursday, February 23, 2017

An Italian Wedding - Rizzo's Style

Engagement season is winding down and we are entering wedding season. If you are newly engaged, you are probably getting all your wedding details sorted out. After the venue has been decided, one of the next biggest decisions you will have to make for your wedding is the food, and we're here to help! Your wedding deserves the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we would love to help make your special day one to remember. Before wedding season truly takes off, here are a few foods that are traditionally featured at an Italian wedding, along with a few featured dishes off our own menu that will make your mouth water.

Antipasti (Appetizers)

Antipasti in Italian means appetizers and antipasto means starter. This is the first dish that is served and it can be either a single course or a mix of different foods. Depending on the season the appetizers could include bruschetta, mushrooms, shrimp cocktail, ham and melon, smoked salmon or grilled seafood.When you have your wedding catered by the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have several delicious appetizers to choose from including toasted ravioli, wings, garlic toast, spinach, green chili & jalapeno dip and meatballs.

Primo Piatto (First Course)

The first course of the wedding dinner is also known as the pasta course. It usually consists of some sort of pasta, whether it be spaghetti, lasagne, penne, linguine, gnocchi or ravioli. An Italian wedding traditionally consists of several courses and this is the one right before the main course. Occasionally, salads will be served during this course as well. At Li'l Rizzo's, a favorite pasta dish is the Tortellini Alfredo, which is a delicious mixture of bacon, peas and mushrooms in our thick cream sauce. This delicious course will sure to be a hit with your guests!

Secondo Piatto (Main Couse)

The main course can consist of fish or meat, such as beef, pork, lamb or guinea fowl. Many Mediterranean countries cannot celebrate an event without including meat as part of the menu. Generally a meat dish will also be served with a side of seasonal vegetables whether they are fried, baked or grilled. We have a delicious Beef Soto that will delight all of your guests!

Dolce (Dessert)

No celebrate would be complete without dessert! Common desserts in Italy include sorbet, tiramisu and a fresh fruit cake. Our catering menu actually features a tiramisu that will be the perfect way to compliment your festivities.

Vino e Liquori (Wine and Digestives)

An Italian wedding wouldn't be complete without good quality wine, whether it's red or wine. Sometimes coffee comes during this round as well. We have a beautiful selection of house wines, white wines and red wines.

Italians know how to enjoy a good meal! Of course, an Italian wedding wouldn't be truly Italian without good food - and lot's of it. Just because you won't be getting married in Italy, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on the food. Our Italian catering at the Lake of the Ozarks is delicious and your wedding guests will love it. You can check out our catering menu on our website. We'd love for you to give us a call at and let us help you host a delicious Italian spread with the best pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Italian Foods You Won't Find In Italy

Italian food is a favorite all across the United States and even the world. However, those Italian dishes can vary quite a bit. When the first wave of Italian immigrants came to America, they couldn't get many of the ingredients they used back home, so they have to improvise. Many of the "Italian" staples you see in Italian restaurants across the U.S. have never seen the light of day in the land that inspired it. While you may not see any of these dishes in Italy, you can definitely find them at your Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant.

1. Spaghetti and Meatballs

You can't go to an Italian restaurant in America without seeing this staple on the menu. However, you won't be able to find spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant in Italy because it was invented in America. While Italians do enjoy their spaghetti and they do love meatballs, they don't eat them together. Typically, in Italy, meatballs are served on their own.

2. Garlic Bread

Italian dishes are traditionally much lighter on garlic than their American counterparts. Since Italy is all about olive oil, buttering bread is not something they typically do. Garlic bread was actually invented in the United States around the 1940s. Instead of garlic bread, Italians usually enjoy bruschetta, which is a toasted bread topped with olive oil, fresh tomatoes and other seasonings.

3. Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine, which is yet another staple in many Italian restaurants in the United States, is only found in one place in all of Italy, which is at Alfredo's in Rome. It was created there in 1920 by the chef, Alfredo, to appeal to the American clientele. Putting cream on pasta is rarely done in Rome, the home of pasta carbonara, the recipe calls for not a hint of cream. It was said that while honeymooning in Rome in the 1920s, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford loved Alfredo's pasta so much they brought it back home to the United States.

4. Mozzarella Sticks

While Mozzarella sticks may be a staple item in Italian restaurants across the United States (and even non-Italian restaurants), you won't be able to find them in Italy.

5. Sunday Sauce

Braised meat in tomato sauce may seem Italian, however, usually tomato sauce is tossed with pasta and served as an appetizer, and the meat is served as the second course. The Sunday Sauce is more of an Italian-American tradition.

6. Italian Dressing

While it may have Italian in the name, this tangy, bell pepper and herb-flecked salad dressing doesn't exist in Italy. Usually, in Italy, salads are exclusively dressed with oil and vinegar, or sometimes just oil.

7. Pepperoni Pizza

In Italy, you'll find pizzas topped with potato slices, anchovies, sausages, broccoli rabe, corn, prosciutto, but not pepperoni. The most beloved of "Italian" salami varieties was first mentioned in 1919 in an American print ad. It was believed to be inspired by spicy dry salamis from Southern Italy and Apulia. It's also worth noting that pizza in Italy is far less cheesy than pizzas in America.

If your craving any of these "Italian" dishes after reading this list, you better not hop on a plane to Italy - or you'll be disappointed! Instead, head on over to Li'l Rizzo's right here at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can help satisfy your craving for these popular dishes and more. We hope to see you soon at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Crazy About Pizza!

February 9 has been declared National Pizza Day! Whether you enjoy your pie hand tossed or with a thin crust, we can all agree that pizza is the best. Have you ever wondered where pizza came from? We have a whole month, day and week that celebrates it, but how much do we know about pizza? Your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks did some research and we have the answers! In honor of National Pizza Day, here is a little history of one of our favorite menu item.

History of Pizza

Like many other dishes, the origin of pizza is uncertain. While many people think of pizza as an Italian creation, pizza can be dated back to the Ancient Greeks. They would cook flatbread in mud ovens and top it with oils, herbs, spices and dates. Tomatoes haven't been discovered at that time, and they wouldn't have used them as we do today.

Eventually, this flatbread creation made its way to Italy, where it begins to resemble the pizza that we know today. They were sold on the street and in the markets. However, they were not topped with anything, but rather enjoyed au naturel. Since they were cheap, tasty and filling, they were sold to the poor all over Naples by street vendors. The discovery of the tomato and a visit from a queen contributed to the pizza we know and love today.

Queen Margherita traveled to Italy and she saw many people, especially the peasants, eating a large, flat bread. She became curious of this dish and ordered her guards to bring her one of the pizza breads. The Queen loved the bread and ate it every time she was out in public, which was odd since it was uncommon for a queen to dine on peasant's food. She then decided to hire Chef Raffaele Esposito, who owned his own pizzeria, to work at the royal palace. To honor the Queen who was beloved by the Italian people, the chef decided to make a special pizza just for her. He baked a pizza topped with tomatoes, Mozarella cheese and fresh basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag: red, white and green. His creation was named Pizza Margherita, and is still a popular pizza in Naples and around the world - especially at the best pizza restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Eventually, pizza made it's way to America, England, France and Spain during World War II when American and European soldiers tasted this new dish while in Italy. After the first pizzeria in America opened in New York, it took off! In the sixties, it became a big hit, especially with the invention of frozen pizza. However, at Li'l Rizzo's, we prefer our pizza made with fresh ingredients - you will be able to taste the difference!

Delicious Pizza at Li'l Rizzo's

If you are wanting to celebrate National Pizza Day at Li'l Rizzo's, here are a few of our specialty pizzas you can enjoy.

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 bleu cheese dressing.

Happy National Pizza Day!

There is no better place to enjoy your favorite pizza than the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! Celebrate National Pizza Day by grabbing a slice, or two with your favorite toppings. Visit Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach and enjoy some of the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

🏈 3 Ways To Spend Super Bowl Sunday With Li'l Rizzo's 🏈

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. This Sunday, February 5 the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons face off in Super Bowl LI. There are many ways to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, and here are just a few ways you can spend it with Li'l Rizzo's.

1. Join Us At Our Osage Beach Location

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. At Li'l Rizzo's, we take Happy Hour very seriously and on Sundays, our Happy Hour specials are available all day! Luckily for you, this means you get to enjoy drink specials and half price appetizers during Super Bowl Sunday!

2. Get Your Party Catered

Delicious dip, wings, toasted ravioli, what more can you ask for at a Super Bowl party? Li'l Rizzo's has almost everything you need to cater a Super Bowl party from the delicious appetizers to the soda! If you want to impress your guests this year, make sure you order catering from Li'l Rizzo's! To speak with a friendly catering specialist, call 573-348-3600. If you're calling after hours, please leave a message or email

3. Carry-Out Your Favorite Pizza & Entrees

Li'l Rizzo's is offering an online promo code for the big game for any carryout order of $100 or more! During the Super Bowl, use promo code SUPER and receive $20 off of your $100 or more carryout order. The coupon is only good on February 5 for Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach, as our Lake Ozarks location will be closed for remodeling. From Pizza to pasta, Li'l Rizzo's can make sure everyone has what they want for your Super Bowl party! Order online from our website and don't forget to use promo code SUPER for all carry-out orders of $100 or more.

Super Bowl Sunday Special

This Sunday only, Li'l Rizzo's is offering a deal too good to miss! Order carry out of $100 or more on February 6 and receive $20 off your order. Make your game day the best yet and get carry out from the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you don't want to watch the game at home, visit us at our Osage Beach location and enjoy our all day Happy Hour special!

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