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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