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!

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