LaRosa's expanding to Tenn.

(FOX19) - Local favorite LaRosa's is spreading it's goodness to other parts of the country.

The West-Side native pizzeria will open in Knoxville, Tenn. following a franchise agreement with investors in the area.

The idea sparked when a friend of an investor brought up LaRosa's in a conversation about childhood pizzerias.

"We all just sort of fell in love. We decided Knoxville needs a family pizza place like that," said Matt McAndrews, a lead investor of the franchise agreement. Boudinot South, LLC will be the Knoxville LaRosa's franchise owner. Its namesake is the street where the original LaRosa's is located in Cincinnati.

It'll be the farthest move south for 60-year-old pizza joint, whose 64 stores currently fill Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Greater Dayton. The company recently announced it would also expand to Columbus.

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