Wednesday, June 28, 2017

National Dairy Month - The Italian Way

National Dairy Month is observed every year in June. We can't think of a better way to celebrate than enjoying a big plate of pasta topped with delicious cheese at the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. There are so many wonderful items that include dairy like cheese, milk, ice cream, whipped cream, Alfredo sauce and more. Li'l Rizzo's has taken a look at the history of National Dairy Month and some tasty ways you can enjoy it.

National Dairy Month

In 1937, before there was National Dairy Month, there was National Milk Month, as a way to promote drinking milk. National Milk Month was created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus. However, it has now developed into an annual tradition to celebrate the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world after the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause. Because the month celebrated the dairy industry as a whole, the name was changed to National Dairy Month.

 There are many great benefits you can enjoy from dairy. From calcium and potassium, dairy products like milk contain nine essential nutrients, which could help you better manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain cancers. The protein in it can help build and repair muscle tissue and the vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin.

Celebrate At Li'l Rizzo's

It's not uncommon to find dairy in many Italian dishes because we love cheese! When you visit Li'l Rizzo's here are a few of the dishes we have that feature dairy:

Rizzo's Margherita - Brushed olive oil crust, fresh mozzarella, dollops of ricotta, fresh tomato and basil sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

Seafood Pizza - Alfredo sauce, Provel and Mozzarella cheeses, topped with shrimp, clams, real crabmeat, mushrooms and bacon. (available at Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach)

Alfredo Pizza - Alfredo sauce, fresh chopped garlic, Provel cheese, roasted garlic chicken and artichoke hearts sprinkled with grated Parmesan. (available at Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach)

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

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

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich - Hand breaded, deep fried chicken tender, topped with marinara sauce and baked mozzarella and Provel cheese. Served on a hoagie.

Lasagna - Our lasagna is homemade. 6 layers of pasta, meat sauce, ricotta cheese and Italian sausage. Topped with a blend of mozzarella and Provel cheese then baked.

Baked Mostaccioli - Tubular noodles and meat sauce topped with our homemade Bechamel sauce and a blend of Italian cheeses baked to perfection.

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

These are just a few of our favorite menu items that feature dairy. Our family friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has many different dishes and amazing meals, and we have something for everyone in the family. Come out and visit us for some fabulous food, and celebrate National Dairy Month!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                                   Horseshoe Bend Location

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Osage Beach Li'l Rizzo's 20th Anniversary

This week, Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. We opened the doors to our Osage Beach location June 23, 1997, and have been serving the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks there ever since. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Osage Beach location, we're taking a look at how Li'l Rizzo's began.

Li'l Rizzo's - The Beginning

Carol Borders moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1985 and opened the original Rizzo's Restaurant located on Bagnell Dam Blvd. Rizzo's was an instant success and one of the only restaurants to stay open throughout the winter. The original Rizzo's was remodeled in 1991 and reopened as Maggie Mae's.

In 1987, a second location was added at the corner of HWY 54 and State Route KK. This new store was a more casual version of the original restaurant and offered pizzas and sandwiches, so it was named Li'l Rizzo's. This located remained open until 1989.

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

In June of 1997, Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach opened. Today, we have two convenient locations: Lake Ozark on Horseshoe Bend Parkway and Osage Beach on Premium Outlet Drive across the street from Dierbergs.

Amazing Italian Food At The Lake

The truth is, you can get pizza and pasta lots of places these days. That’s 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” so please, don’t violate our dress code. And oh, by the way, gourmet refers to our fresh ingredients, secret hand-crafted recipes and the love we put into every dish, not the price…

Our pizza is thin crust with dough made from scratch with 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 and Lasagna as well as several house specialty pastas.  But, 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.

Osage Beach Celebrates 20 Years

Our Osage Beach location opened in 1997, and this month this location will have been opened for 20 years! Li'l Rizzo's in Osage Beach is located next to the Premium Outlets and across the street from Dierbergs. If you're coming to the Lake of the Ozarks to shop, Li'l Rizzo's is the perfect place to stop for lunch during your shopping spree. This location is larger and features tons of seating. In addition, you'll find several TVs scattered around the restaurant, which makes it the best place to watch the game at the Lake of the Ozarks! Because our Osage Beach location is larger, we're able to feature even more specialty pizzas than out location in Lake Ozark. Some favorites only found at Osage Beach include Southwest BBQ, Alfredo Pizza, Pesto Margherita and St. Louis S.O.B. In addition, you can also have your pizza made with hand tossed dough!

Come celebrate Osage Beach's Li'l Rizzo's 20th anniversary with us on Friday, June 23. We want to thank everyone who has come in and supported us over the years - we couldn't have done without you! We also want to give the Osage Beach staff a huge shout out and thank them for their incredible service. Here's to the next 20 years!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location

Friday, June 16, 2017

An Italian Father's Day

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18 and Li'l Rizzo's wants to wish all the Dads out there a Happy Father's Day! La Famiglia, family, is very important to Italians and Father's Day is an occasion to remember the key role fathers play in it, and also an occasion to enjoy a delicious Italian meal, of course. For this special occasion, Li'l Rizzo's has taken a closer look at how Italians celebrate Father's Day, and we also have a special promotion just for Dads! (Make sure to read until the end!)

How Italians Celebrate Father's Day

Italy is deeply rooted in its Catholic traditions, so many feasts and festivals revolve around religious events and Father's Day is no exception. Father's Day in America is traditionally celebrated in June. However, in Italy, it's celebrated on March 19, which is Saint Joseph's day, the father of Jesus Christ. This day has transformed into a day to celebrate all fathers in Italy. There are many local customs associated with this day including children writing special cards, poems and nursery rhymes to give their fathers. In addition, school usually use these activities for their lessons. Just like in America, ties, wallets and colognes are the most common presents children give to their father figures. Many events and street markets are organized in the towns. Italian families have a special lunch to honor their father or they go on a trip to celebrate the occasion if it falls during the weekend.

What's Being Served In Italy?

As mentioned earlier, a substantial and tasty lunch is usually what's made when it comes to celebrating special occasions and Father's Day is no different. However, on this day, cakes and biscuits are usually what is served rather than traditional Italian pasta dishes.

Give Dad An Italian Gift

Your Dad will love the gift of Li'l Rizzo's this Father's Day! When you get Dad a $20 gift card from Li'l Rizzo's, we'll add $5 to it for FREE! Stop into either location and ask for the Dad's Day Gift Card Deal. It doesn't get any easier than that!

Happy Father's Day!

If you don't know what to get you Dad for Father's Day, give him a Li'l Rizzo's gift card (don't forget we'll add $5 for FREE with a purchase of a $20 gift card!), or better yet, treat him to a delicious Italian dinner. Spend some quality time enjoying the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks in a restaurant that understands what family is all about. Happy Father's Day from everyone at Li'l Rizzo's!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location

Friday, June 9, 2017

Refreshing Summer Cocktails at Li'l Rizzo's 🍹

At the Lake of the Ozark, summer has officially arrived. The weather is getting warmer and boats are filling the Lake. Take a break from all the fun in the sun and head over to Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant! From delicious lunches and dinner to refreshing summer cocktails, there are many great reasons to stop on by. One of our favorite ways to spend a summer evening is by grabbing a cocktail from the bar and heading to the deck to cool off, watch the boat drive by, and enjoy time with friends and family. Here are just a few of our specialty drinks that we think you would enjoy this summer.

Adult Cherry Limeade
Cherry vodka, triple sec, lime juice, grenadine, sprite.

Blue Sky
Vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, sprite.

Chambord Margarita
1800 silver tequila, Chambord sweet & sour, lime juice

Dragon Berry Burst
Bacardi dragon berry, sprite, grenadine, sweet & sour.

Electric Lizard
Malibu, melon liqueur, sprite, sweet & sour, lime juice.

Fish Bowl
Raspberry Vodka, sweet & sour, Malibu, pineapple juice, blue curacao, sprite.

Lake Water
Malibu, Blue Curacao, pineapple

Italian Margarita
Sugar rim, amaretto, tequila, triple sec, sweet & sour

Pineapple Upside Down Martini
Pineapple juice, vanilla vodka, grenadine, amaretto.

Pink Dragon
Bacardi Dragon Berry, Sprite, pink lemonade.

Summer Splash
Vodka, grenadine, amaretto, orange juice, southern comfort, pineapple juice, lime juice.

Tropical Rum
Malibu, pineapple juice, creme de banana, Myer's Rum, orange juice

Happy Hour at Li'l Rizzo's

We are well known for having the best happy hour at the Lake of the Ozarks, so if you want to come in Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, we would love to introduce you to some of our fantastic beverages. Aside from that, during happy hour, we also provide half-price appetizers at the Lake of the Ozarks. There is no better time to grab a drink with friends than at Happy Hour!

Li'l Rizzo's is proud to serve up these delicious summer cocktails at both of our locations. In addition to our tasty cocktails, we also have some of the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. You can be sure to find all your traditional Italian favorites and some new favorites as well! We have something for everyone at Li'l Rizzo's! Don't forget, every Sunday night, Me & Jim plays out on the deck at Li'l Rizzo's in Lake Ozark. We can't wait to see you!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location

Friday, June 2, 2017

What's New at Li'l Rizzo's

Recently, Li'l Rizzo's in Lake Ozarks went through a major renovation. We worked hard adding new updates inside and outside of the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you haven't been in yet to check out the new updates for yourself, here is what we did.

New Bathrooms

We took the original bathrooms circa 1989 down to the studs, we even removed the existing tile floors and completely updated everything! New tile, new vanities, new stalls, and made it flow seamlessly with the rest of the restaurant. Our bathrooms now have a little bit of Italy and are updated and modern.

New Bar Area

We removed the old green laminated counters and bar top (if that bar could talk...), stripped, stained and refinished all of the woodwork in the bar area, removed the existing tile floor, carpet in the entry and the drink rail along the wall separating the bar from the dining room for additional space.  Our brand new bar area is more open and contemporary.  It features a beautiful granite bar and countertops, as well as a new foot railing and new tile flooring throughout.  For the ladies, we also added purse hangers, so you no longer have to drape your purse over your chair or place it on the floor. We've opened up the area so you can enjoy Happy Hour with your friends more comfortably.

New Deck Area

Throughout the season at Lake of the Ozarks, we experience many rainy days. Before, you could not enjoy our beautiful outdoor space during those days. We changed this by removing the old vinyl awning and supporting structure, replacing it with a permanent wooden structure and metal roof, new fans and LED rope lighting.  Now, if it's raining, you can still enjoy sitting outside with a delicious meal while gazing over our beautiful view of the Lake of the Ozarks.  One thing we love to do here at Li'l Rizzo's during the summer is feature live music on the deck, so be sure to join us on Sunday evenings for Me and Jim.

Old Favorites

While we have done a lot of upgrading and remodeling this year, we still have all your old favorites. You can still expect to find the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks. From traditional Italian fare like lasagna to local favorites like toasted ravioli, you can find it all at Li'l Rizzo's.

We Hope To See You Soon

If you haven't already, we hope you come down to check out what we have done. Happy Hour is a great time to see what we have done to the bar area. From 3:00 - 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, enjoy drink specials and half priced appetizers. This weekend, it's going to be in the 80s, which is perfect weather for enjoying the new updates to the deck area. In addition, every Sunday night, we have live music from Me & Jim on the outdoor deck. We can't wait to show you our new updates!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                              Horseshoe Bend Location