Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Best Wines For Our Pastas

There is nothing better than pasta and wine. However, we may be a little bias on that subject! While you can't really go wrong with pasta and wine, when you find that right combination, it can make your meal even better. When trying to select the perfect wine for your pasta, you actually have to pair it with the sauce. Here are a few of our favorite wine pairings you can find at the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Tomato-Based Pasta

Tomato-based pasta dishes, such as our spaghetti or linguini marinara, are best with medium-bodied red wines like a Zinfandel, which can be enjoyed at our Lake Ozark location, or a Merlot. These sauces are powerful, high acid and are often blended with rich, red meats, so a middleweight body is the best options, as it won't over power the dish.

Cheese Pasta

It's hard to find a wine that won't pair well with cheese. However, full-bodied white and light-bodied red wines typically go well with pasta dishes that feature cheese, such as our lasagna and baked mostaccioli. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are two options that will really enhance the flavor of our dishes.

Seafood Pasta

If you're interested in one of our seafood pastas, such as our fettuccine with shrimp or shrimp scampi, look for light or medium bodied white wine. Our house Pinot Grigio is a popular choice with those who order our seafood pastas.

Creamy Pasta

Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay pair very nicely with creamy pastas, such as fettuccine Alfredo. However, make sure the chardonnay hasn't been aged in oak, as an overly oaky Chardonnay and creamy pasta dishes don't mix very well. Pinot Grigio contains a decent amount of acid, which can stand up to the savory characteristics of an Alfredo sauce without losing its refreshing flavor.

These are only a few of our favorite pasta dishes at Li'l Rizzo's, and pasta isn't the only thing we offer! From traditional Italian entrees like Chicken Parmesan to American favorites like our Rizzo's burger, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant. Now that we have you thinking about food and wine, you'll have to come try some of these pairings, or get creative and make your own!

                                                   Osage Beach Location

                                                                   Horseshoe Bend Location

Thursday, August 24, 2017

3 Benefits Of Having Your Party Catered By Li'l Rizzo's

No matter the size of your event, we make party planning a little easier with our catering services. From weddings to office parties and everything in between, let Li'l Rizzo's provide you with top-notch catering at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy when you order catering from Li'l Rizzo's for your event.

1. Your Guests Will Love It

When you have your party catered by Li'l Rizzo's, you can choose from delicious appetizers, your favorite pasta dishes and even meal combinations. The best part? Your guests will love it! We offer party size portions of some of our more popular dishes from the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Make your party stand out by having tasty options for your guest to enjoy.

2. No Cooking For You

Make party planning easy and have us do all the hard work! Our Lake of the Ozarks catering service is perfect for any occasion! From holiday parties and weddings to business meetings and family reunions, our delicious Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks is perfect for any gathering. There is no need to worry about having enough time to cook enough food for everyone when you call Li'l Rizzo's catering. No dirty dishes to wash, no rushing to get everything done and more time to spend with your friends! What's better than that?

3. It's Easy!

Li'l Rizzo's catering comes self-served. Our party size portions come ready to go and you can set it up however you like. When setting up, you can keep the food in the containers they come in, which will make cleanup a breeze, or you can transfer it into plates and bowls that match the theme of your party. In addition to our food menu, we have everything you need for your event. We also offer beverages, paper products and condiments. Our catering staff can even stay and help out with your event! Make party planning even easier with catering by Li'l Rizzo's.

Check Out Our Catering Menu



Serves 12 and includes 12 slipper rolls, house salad and side of Cavatelli con Broccoli or Mostaccioli with meat sauce. 


It just doesn't get better than enjoying a delicious meal prepared by your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. We specialize in creating mouthwatering meals that will keep you coming back again and again. When hosting a party, don't stress yourself out over what food to prepare, give Li'l Rizzo's a call at 573-348-3600 to speak with our friendly catering specialist.

                                                   Osage Beach Location

                                                                   Horseshoe Bend Location

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bring The Whole Family To Li'l Rizzo's!

August is recognized as Family Fun Month, and there is no better way to top off a fun day with the family than a delicious meal at Li'l Rizzo's. Food and family are a central part of Italian culture. In fact, many family gatherings are centered around food. Our family friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for your next family gathering. Li'l Rizzo's offers a diverse menu that the whole family can enjoy. Check out a few of our favorites from the menu:

Kid Approved!

Our kid's menu is for kids 12 and under and includes Coca-Cola products, tea, milk or apple juice. 

Gummy Bear Pizza - 6-inch cheese pizza served with a side of gummy bears
Chicken Tender & Fries - one 3 ounce hand breaded, deep fried chicken tender served with a side of homemade French fries. 
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce - Spaghetti noodles and our homemade meat sauce. 
Fettuccini Alfredo - Wide flat noodles served with our homemade Alfredo sauce.
Cavatelli con Broccoli - Shell shaped noodles, mushrooms and broccoli in our homemade Alfredo sauce. 
A Side of Gummy Bears - Add a side of gummy bears to any kids meal at an additional cost.


Desserts are a great way to celebrate any occasion, so make sure you ask your server about our dessert special!

Chocolate Calzone - A flaky pastry shell full of rich dark chocolate, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup. 

Apple Calzone - A flaky pastry shell full of apples and cinnamon, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel. 

Family Favorites!


Our pizzas come in a personal size (10'), a shareable size for 2-3 people (14") and a family size for 3-4 people (16"). Pizzas are a great addition to any family gathering.

Macho Meat - Red sauce, pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, bacon & Canadian Bacon with Provel and Mozzarella Cheese.

Veggie - Red sauce, mushroom, tomato, green bell peppers and onion topped with Provel and Mozzarella cheese.

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

Having A Family Reunion? Let Li'l Rizzo's Cater!

Summer is the perfect season to spend time with family. If you have an upcoming family event or reunion, let Li'l Rizzo's cater it! We have several different menu options on our catering menu. Below are a few of our favorite:

Fettuccine con Pollo 
Cavatelli con Broccoli
Roasted Garlic Chicken

Family Fun Month - Rizzo's Style!

Whether you are just going out to dinner or celebrating a family reunion, Li'l Rizzo's is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. Our diverse menu has something for everyone! From traditional Italian favorites to burgers and fries, you are sure to find something for even the pickiest eaters. Join us at one of our two locations. Our Horseshoe Bend location offers great views of the lake, while our Osage Beach location is conveniently located next to the outlet mall. See you soon!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                                   Horseshoe Bend Location

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Get Ready For School With Li'l Rizzo's!

Many schools across the nation are starting back up this month! Both Osage Beach and Camdenton both start school on August 21. With just over a week to go, we want to help you get prepared and make sure you start school off on the right foot. Here are a few things that can help you with the 2017/2018 school year!

Get School Supplies

Between notebooks, pencils, folders and textbooks, your child will be carrying around a lot, so make sure they have a good backpack that can hold all the necessities. Most schools will let you know what each grade needs and some times teachers will have specific items they want their students to have.

Get Plenty of Rest

Although it was fun staying up late this summer, it's time to get back to a regular sleeping schedule. We want to make sure you're ready for the first day of school, and this begins with making sure you're getting enough sleep. Sleep is an important part of your physical health, and it also helps with making sure you can pay attention in school. A study showed that students who got B's and better got 17 - 33 more minutes of sleep during the week nights and went to bed 10 - 50 minutes earlier than those who got C's and below.

Get A Routine

During the summer, routines kind of go out the window because of vacations, sleep overs, camps and all the other fun things you get to do during the summer. Having a routine can make things easier during the school year. It will help keep all the after school activities in order and it will help make sure that things like homework get done.

Get Your New School Clothes

Depending on the school your child attends you may have uniforms or dress codes. There are places at the mall where you can get uniforms that match the school guidelines. Also be sure to verify the school dress code before purchasing new school clothes. You may also want to keep an eye open for some seasonal clothes such as jackets and warm shirts. It may still feel like summer outside, but before you know it the weather will be changing!

Celebrate With Li'l Rizzo's!

With summer coming to an end soon and school starting back up, make sure you leave room for one last hurrah! Things can get a little crazy, hectic and stressful, so take some time to relax and celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

While you're out shopping for all of your school supplies and clothes, remember to make Li'l Rizzo's a part of your day! We have the best Italian at the Lake of the Ozarks and we are a great place to sit down and relax from all of the busyness and preparation for school. We have a delicious lunch and dinner menu, and our Osage Beach location is conveniently located at the Premium Outlet Mall. Don't forget, we also have a great carry out menu. Imagine a busy day full of shopping and preparation, and instead of having to make dinner you can stop by Li'l Rizzo's for the best take out at the Lake of the Ozarks. We wish you all a wonderful school season!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                                   Horseshoe Bend Location

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Quackiest Event Of The Year!

The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop is this weekend, and Li'l Rizzo's is proud to be a sponsor of this year's event. This quacky annual event will be taking place both Friday, August 4 & August 5. This is a great way to have fun with the family and give back to our community. All proceeds from this event stay locals to help community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters. Li'l Rizzo's has all the information you need about this year's event and how you can participate!

Photo Credit: Great Dam Duck Drop Facebook

Quacky Golf Tournament
Friday, August 4
Lunch & Check-in at 11:30AM
1:00 PM Shotgun Start

This year, Li'l Rizzo's is getting involved with Duck Drop by being a hole sponsor for the one-of-a-kind quacky golf tournament. The 5th annual Duck Drop Golf Tournament features quacky twists like crazy holes and fun obstacles placed around the course to test your game. All proceeds from the golf tournament benefit Kiwanis and Big Brother Big Sister. Although the early bird sign up has ended, there is still time to register for the golf tournament.

Entry to the tournament includes:
- 10 Duck Drop Tickets ($50 value) for the Duck Drop event on August 5 at Noon. 23 winning Duck Drop tickets came from these complimentary golfer tickets in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016!
- Award ceremony immediately following the tournament.
- Tournament goody bag.

Golf Tournament Prizes
- Hole in one contests
- $5,000 putting contests
- Closest to the pin and long drive contests

Visit to register.

Photo Credit: Great Dam Duck Drop Facebook

Fun Zone & Duck Drop
Saturday, August 5
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ducks Fly @ Noon

The whole family can enjoy games, dunk tank, bounce houses, martial arts and dance demonstrations, food and lots of prizes and goodies! Fun Zone wrists bands are FREE and include all Fun Zone events, games and prizes. Tickets for the Duck Drop can be purchased at the Fun Zone until 11:00 AM for $5 each for your chance to win $5,000 plus 9 other GREAT prizes! The best place to watch the ducks drop from the helicopter is just past the Lake Ozark Campground and RV park office below the Bagnell Dam. Ducks will be dropped from the helicopter as well as from pontoon boats in the river. The first duck to cross the finish line wins $5,000! 9 additional ducks will win prizes as well. Winners will be announced at the Family Fun Zone and on Mix 92.7. You do not need to be present to win.

  • 1st - $5,000 cash
  • 2nd - $1,000 cash 
  • 3rd - $500 Woods Shopping Card
  • 4th - $100 HyVee Shopping Card
  • 5th - $100 HyVee  Shopping Card
  • 6th - $100 HyVee Shopping Card
  • 7th - $100 HyVee Shopping Card
  • 8th - $100 HyVee Shopping Card
  • 9th - TBD 
  • 10th - TBD

Photo Credit: Great Dam Duck Drop Facebook

Li'l Rizzo's is excited to be a part of this year's Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop! Tickets for the Duck Drop can be purchased at the Fun Zone located at Lake Ozark Campground & RV park, as well as Woods (Osage Beach, Lake Ozark & Sunrise Beach), HyVee, Tri County YMCA, Aria Beach Spa, Central Bank (Camdenton, KK Branch, Osage Beach, Lake Ozark) and any local Kiwanis member. Don't forget all proceeds from this event stays local and distributed to non-profit organizations via the Ozark Coast Kiwanis Organization. For more information for this great community event, visit After a fun-filled and quacky day, come by Lake of the Ozarks' best Italian restaurant for a delicious lunch or dinner. We're located just a few minutes from the dam down Horseshoe Bend Road!

                                                             Osage Beach Location

                                                                   Horseshoe Bend Location