Happy 70th, LaRosa’s!

Our hometown favorite is now a septuagenarian.

Illustration by Jessica Dunham

Cincinnati staple LaRosa’s Pizzeria opened the doors of its first location in Westwood in 1954, and founder Buddy LaRosa used his Aunt Dena’s recipe from day one. Her method called for baking some pizza toppings under the cheese—a technique that’s made the restaurant a favorite across the tri-state.

Today, LaRosa’s has 64 franchises across Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana—from Louisville to Columbus and in a handful of cities in between—capturing a quarter share of the local pizza market, averaging higher per-store sales than popular national chains like Domino’s or Papa John’s.

Cincinnati celebrated LaRosa’s milestone birthday this year with a proclamation declaring March 25 as LaRosa’s Day. The Duke Energy Convention Center followed up the occasion by lighting up its sign in the colors of the Italian flag—green, white, and red—for four evenings in late March.

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