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!

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