Thursday, April 27, 2017

All About Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is a staple in many Italian restaurants (including Li'l Rizzo's!), but what exactly is scampi and how did it become such a popular menu item? In honor of Shrimp Scampi Day (April 29), your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks went into the history of this delicious dish and our favorite way to prepare it, so you can come in and celebrate this weekend.

What Is Scampi?

Scampi are tiny, lobster-like crustaceans with pale pink shells (also called langoustines.) In Italy, they're traditionally prepared by sauteeing them with olive oil, garlic, onion and white wine. When Italians came to the United States, shrimp was swapped for scampi, but the dish kept both names. Scampi in the United States is now just associated with the seafood dish.

Shrimp Scampi Around The World

Shrimp Scampi is prepared differently depending on what region you are in. Here are a few of the different ways the same dish is prepared.

United States
In the United States, shrimp are broiled or sauteed and served with garlic, butter and wine. A popular variation of this dish is made with chicken instead of shrimp.

United Kingdom
In Norway, the dish is prepared with lobster covered with batter and deep fried. In Great Britain and Ireland, it's considered fried shrimp served with chips.

In Greece, Shrimp Scampi is considered baked shrimps served with Parmesan cheese.

Li'l Rizzo's Shrimp Scampi

At Li'l Rizzo's, you can be sure to find all your favorite traditional Italian favorites, including Shrimp Scampi. If you want to celebrate Shrimp Scampi Day, but don't want to cook it yourself, come on into the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. For our version of Shrimp Scampi, we sauteed shrimp, green onions, tomatoes and fresh chopped garlic in a delicate wine stock and toss it together over a bed of angel hair pasta. We're getting hungry just thinking about it! Head on over to Li'l Rizzo's and order yourself some Shrimp Scampi to celebrate this delicious day.

Celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day at Li'l Rizzo's

Join Li'l Rizzo's Saturday, April 29 for National Shrimp Scampi Day! We have a delicious version of this traditional Italian meal that's perfect for celebrating. Even if you aren't a shrimp lover, we have a ton of other tasty dishes that you can enjoy from chicken parmesan to spaghetti and meatballs. We even have non-Italian dishes like burgers and chicken tenders, so there's truly something for everyone at our family-friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. We hope to see you soon!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy National Garlic Day!

April 19 is National Garlic Day, and while it may not be anything more than a calendar day created for fun, Li'l Rizzo's is happy to celebrate! From pizzas to pastas and everything in between, garlic can bring the recipe together. At Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant, we have several menu items that feature this celebrated vegetable.


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

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.

Specialty Pizza

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

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

The Sicilian - Red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs and chopped garlic.

Southwest BBQ - Brushed olive oil, roasted garlic chicken, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno and mozzarella cheese. Drizzled with our homemade tangy bbq sauce and bleu cheese dressing. (Only available at Osage Beach)

Alfredo Pizza - Alfredo sauce, fresh chopped garlic, Provel cheese, roasted garlic chicken and artichoke hearts sprinkled with grated Parmesan. (Only available at Osage Beach)

Spinach Margherita - Brushed olive oil with a touch of red sauce, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and chopped garlic. Layered with fresh spinach, Roma tomatoes, wet mozzarella and dollops of Ricotta. (Only available at Osage Beach)


Shrimp Scampi - Shrimp, green onions, tomatoes and fresh chopped garlic sauteed in a delicate wine stock. Tossed with angel hair pasta.

Cajun Shrimp - Succulent shrimp, yellow onion, red and green bell peppers all sauteed in EVOO and fresh chopped garlic. Served in linguine noodles in a Cajun Alfredo Sauce.

Roasted Garlic Chicken - Roasted garlic chicken, green onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh chopped garlic sauteed in a delicate wine stock and served with angel hair pasta.

Fettuccine Con Pollo - Fettuccine Alfredo with roasted garlic chicken and broccoli.

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


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.


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.

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.

If you are wanting to celebrate National Garlic Day, head on over to Li'l Rizzo's and enjoy one of our many menu items that feature it! However, if you aren't a garlic lover, we also have many entrees without it, so there is something for everyone. We can't wait to see you at Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant.

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

4 Ways To Stay In Touch with Li'l Rizzo's

From those visiting the Lake of the Ozarks to locals, we love getting to know our guests. We appreciate you taking the time our of your busy schedule to join us for a meal or drinks. Your favorite Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant wants to keep you updated with everything going on at our two locations. From events to special deals, we have a lot going on! Here's how you can stay in touch with the best Italian Restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Social Media

From Facebook to Google+, Li'l Rizzo's is on them all! We're regularly updating your newsfeed with delicious pictures of some of our favorite menu items and keeping you in the loop with the fun events going on at Li'l Rizzo's. Yes, you can even find special promo codes floating around our social media channels too! Here are all the social media platforms you can find Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant:

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2. e-Newsletters

If you're looking for even more information about what's going on at Li'l Rizzo's, opt into our e-Newsletter. Each week, we send out a short email about what's on our mind that week, from menu features to fun facts. And yes, sometimes you will find amazing deals to your favorite Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant hidden in those too! To join our email club, visit and just fill out the short form.

3. Text Messages

Our new and improved text message system is launching this week! Twice a month, you will get alerted about what's going on at Li'l Rizzo's. From specials to live entertainment updates, you will get the inside scoop on Li'l Rizzo's. When you opt in to receive text messages from Li'l Rizzo's, you join an exclusive club where you can get specials deals that are only sent to those in the know! Join today by texting RIZZOS to 71441.

4. Join Us For A Meal

Of course, the best way to stay in touch with us is by coming into one of our two locations. We strive to give our guests a great dining experience in a unique Italian atmosphere. Enjoy generous portions and a wide variety of menu items all made from the freshest quality ingredients. While we love for you to stay in touch with us electronically, there's nothing better than joining us in person and grabbing a bite to eat.

 We can't wait for you to come on in and enjoy some of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks! In addition to the many ways to keep in touch with us, we also have several ways you can enjoy Li'l Rizzo's too. From online ordering to carry out, no matter how you order, you can be sure to expect Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian food. We hope to see you soon!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Best Of Our Two Locations

Li'l Rizzo's has two amazing locations - one in Osage Beach and one in Lake Ozark. No matter which location you join us at, you will still enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Each location provides a unique Italian atmosphere, which is sure to make for a great dining experience. Check out what we think makes our two locations special.

Li'l Rizzo's Lake Ozark

Beautiful Lake Views
The most popular feature of our Lake Ozark location has to be the beautiful view of the Lake of the Ozarks. The outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy dinner or cocktails while gazing out onto the Lake. However, even if the weather gets a bit chilly, you can still enjoy the beautiful views from our inside dining area.

Intimate Location
Li'l Rizzo's on Horseshoe Bend is a smaller location, which provides a more intimate setting - making it a great spot for date night! If you are wanting a place for parties or event, look no further than the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Because our Lake Ozark location is smaller, you can rent out the entire place if needed.

Next To The Links
Lake Ozark's best Italian restaurant is conveniently located next two popular golf courses - The Cove and The Ridge. After hitting the greens, head on over to Li'l Rizzo's for lunch, dinner or drinks!

Li'l Rizzo's Osage Beach

Watch The Game
Our Osage Beach location is larger and features tons of seating. In addition, you'll also find TVs scattered around the entire restaurant, which makes it one of the best places to watch the game at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Conveniently Located
The Lake of the Ozarks is home to one of the largest shopping centers in Missouri, and Li'l Rizzo's happens to be right next door! If you're visiting the Lake to do some shopping, make sure you stop by the best Italian restaurant in Osage Beach. Whether you need some lunch to fill you up for more shopping or you need to unwind with dinner and drinks after a long day, Li'l Rizzo's is there for you.

Larger Selection of The Best Pizza
Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach features, even more, specialty pizzas than our location in Lake Ozark. Some favorites that are only found at Osage Beach include Southwest BBQ, Alfredo Pizza, Pest Margherita and St. Louis S.O.B. In addition, you can also have your pizza made with hand tossed dough!

The Best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks

While each location is unique, one thing remains the same, and that is that they both serve up the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you want to enjoy the delicious food we serve but don't feel like dining in, both of our location offers a carryout option. Plus, you can enjoy order Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Italian food online at!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location