Virginia-based pizza chain Firenza is opening this week at 12406 LaGrange Rd., and the long-awaited MozzaPi, the long-time dream of Louismill owner Tom Edwards should be open by May. Both restaurants join a recent boom in pizza places that includes Alan (”Papalino’s”) Rosenberg’s re-entry into that market.

The La Grange is the first outlet in Kentucky for Firenza, which has headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. The owner is Louisville attorney Stanford Obi, who has plans for up to four additional area stores in the near future.

As a Grand Opening promotion, Firenza is offering a free 10-inch pizza with a $2 donation to Active Heroes or My Dog Eats First. The latter is an organization that provides pet food, supplies, basic vaccinations and spay/neuter services for the pets of the homeless and underserved within our community. The former is a charity that supports all U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational, and emotional programs in an effort to eliminate suicide. You need a coupon, available here

MozzaPi began several years ago as a food truck, one of the first in Louisville. Plans for a permanent restaurant have been in gestation for a while, postponed while Edwards developed his Louismill flour milling and bread baking business at 12102 La Grange Rd. in Anchorage.

MozzaPi, which will share Louismill’s Anchorage address, will offer a variation of the Sicilian style pizza, but with not as thick of a crust. The ingredients it uses are sourced from local farmers as much as possible. Edwards, who has a background in home construction, did much of the work himself.