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The Benefits & Perks of Dining at Li'l Rizzo's at the Lake of the Ozarks

First and foremost, the most important benefit and perk of dining at Li'l Rizzo's is the fact that you're in for a meal of delicious food and amazing drinks made with high-quality ingredients and served with a smile. (If you've already dined with us before, then you know that to be true!) 

Today, however, we are highlighting a few of the "extras" that our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant & bar has to offer in addition to that. These will give you even more reasons to convince the gang to head on over to Li'l Rizzo's the next time you're hungry. 

Our Loyalty Rewards Program 
This particular perk has been going on for quite a while now, but it will be ending very soon, on July 31, 2020. We're getting ready to update some of the technology used at both of our Li'l Rizzo's locations, and the new system will no longer be compatible with our current rewards program.

For those of you that are already a part of this program, it's time…

Pack Some Li'l Rizzo's Into Your 4th of July Picnic Basket

The 4th of July is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy nature. (Especially if you're here in the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks area!) If you dine at the Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant location on Horseshoe Bend Parkway in Lake Ozark, you can enjoy the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks on our outdoor deck overlooking a breathtaking lake view. (While the Osage Beach location does not have outdoor seating, it does have the same amazing food!) 

If your 4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks will include a picnic in one of the many gorgeous parks in the area or even a picnic in your own backyard, consider picking up some food from Li'l Rizzo's to-go instead. We realize that a big plate of spaghetti or lasagna isn't the first type of food that comes to mind when you plan a picnic (although, it can be done!) No worries, because our menu features plenty of items that are perfect for outdoor dining "on-the-go."   

Burgers & Sandwiches
Burgers a…

Dine & Drink at Li'l Rizzo's This 4th of July Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks

Fourth of July 2020 at the Lake of the Ozarks is coming up very soon. It's always an exciting time to be in the lake area with so many incredible things to see and activities to enjoy. You'll need to slow down occasionally and take a break to re-energize yourself for more fun. Take that break at Li'l Rizzo's for lunch or dinner! 

Our Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal. Whether you're in town with friends or here with the family, there's something at Li'l Rizzo's for everyone. 

A Menu for All Ages
We've made it our mission to be the premier restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks serving authentic Italian cuisine and gourmet pizza. Whether you come in for lunch, dinner, or a midday snack, there's truly something on the menu to please everyone. (If you manage to join us for Happy Hour any Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm, the fantastic drink specials and half-price appetizers make the visit eve…

Treat Dad to Li'l Rizzo's this Father's Day Weekend

Father's Day is THIS WEEKEND! (Sunday, June 21, 2020) It's okay if you haven't picked up a present for dear old Dad yet because we've got the perfect gift idea for you - lunch or dinner at Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant! Take your father out for the best Italian food at the Lake of the Ozarks.  

We'll cook up the delicious dishes the entire family loves and you can provide the great company that all fathers appreciate. Quality time with you is one of the best gifts you can give. (The fantastic food at Li'l Rizzo's is just an incredible bonus!) Keep reading until the end of the blog to find out about a special gift for your dad from us on Father's Day!  

Father's Day in Italy
You might be surprised to find out that, while Italians do celebrate Father's Day, they don't celebrate it at the same time as we do here in the United States. Italy is deeply rooted in its Catholic traditions, so many feasts and festivals revolve around religious …

The Home of the Original Toasted Ravioli is... Missouri!

An extremely popular appetizer served on a daily basis at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant is our hot, crispy, full-flavored Toasted Ravioli. Many assume that, since it's a dish commonly found in Italian restaurants, it was created in Italy. On the contrary, this tasty treat was invented right here in the Show-Me State, good old Missouri, U.S.A.!

Toasted Ravioli History 
Many people are surprised to find out that the first toasted ravioli were served just north of us in St. Louis, Missouri. Un-toasted ravioli is a traditional food that's earliest known appearance did occur in Italy in the 14th century. Still, it was a cook right here in our home state that decided deep-frying these tasty morsels was a good idea. (And we're so glad that someone did!)

As with many foods, there is more than one restaurant that claims to be the original spot to serve toasted ravioli. One thing rings true in all accounts, its origin can be traced to one particular area in St. Louis - a pr…

What We're Craving This June at the Lake of the Ozarks

June is here at our Lake of the Ozarks Italian Restaurant. That means warmer days and the official arrival of summer. (Don't forget, Father's Day is coming up this month too! Be sure to plan ahead for that.) 

The Li'l Rizzo's menu is full of many different dishes to please all types of tastes. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider from a short list of what we're craving this month.  

Li'l Rizzo's "World Famous" Salad
People seem to eat more cool, crisp salads more often during the summer. The perfect choice for a salad that you're sure to love is our "World Famous" House Salad. 

It's made up of a blend of iceberg and romaine lettuce that is tossed in our homemade, red wine vinegar-based, creamy Italian dressing. It also contains diced red peppers, green onions, Provel cheese, and parmesan cheese. This salad is always served with our fresh parmesan ciabatta rolls and you may add grilled chicken breast, roasted garlic chicken,…

LOTS of Pasta - Keep Coming Back To Try Them All!

DID YOU KNOW... that there are hundreds of different types of pasta? Here at Li'l Rizzo's, we don't serve quite that many but our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant does offer an extremely wide variety of different pasta dishes to choose from. More than enough to let you visit us quite a few times and taste a new one each visit.

If you need some incentive to eat more pasta (besides the fact that it's so very satisfying and delicious), eat it because it makes you feel good! Turns out, that good mood isn't just from the flavor. Science has proven that the carbohydrates in pasta increase your body's production of serotonin, which triggers feelings of happiness. (Bonus!) 

So, get ready to get hungry read all about the many different pasta dishes we have waiting here for you at Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant. 
(*Disclaimer: Li'l Rizzo's food and beverage items are subject to change at any time and may not be available at both locations.)

Classic Past…

Treat the Gang to Li'l Rizzo's This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks is always an exciting time. The lake area is a gorgeous setting to spend a holiday weekend and our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurant is open and ready to feed you a meal worth celebrating. (Maybe even more than one meal over the 3-day weekend!) 

Both Li'l Rizzo's locations are open for in-house dining with social distancing procedures in place and for curbside pickup orders to-go. Feel free to swing by for a quick bite or grab dinner for the entire gang while you're in town. 

Why Choose Li'l Rizzo's? Well...
The truth is, you can get pizza and pasta lots of places these days. For that very reason, we've made it our mission to become the premier restaurant and bar at the Lake of the Ozarks serving authentic Italian cuisine, gourmet pizza, and a world-famous house salad with friendly and attentive service. 

We strive to give our guests a great dining experience in a unique Italian atmosphere. You'll discover a wi…

Pizza History & the Irresistible Versions We Enjoy Today!

When you hear the name Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant, more than likely pasta is the first food that comes to mind. Well sure, we've got a wonderful variety of mouthwatering pasta dishes on the menu, but we're also experts at cooking up the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks

We've come up with our own special ways over the years to create a pizza that people simply can't get enough of. Before we get into the many delicious varieties that each of our Lake of the Ozarks Italian restaurants has to offer, let's first take a quick look at where this wonderful dish started out. 

A Short History of Pizza
Pizza has been around for practically forever, as far as we know, in some shape or form. Ancient Romans used focaccia, a flatbread, and then added toppings to that. 

The word "pizza" was first documented in A.D. 997 in Gaeta and then began making its way to different parts of Central and Southern Italy. Long before that, other foods bearing a very stron…