Beggars Pizza

Sausage and Onion Pizza at Beggars Pizza

Eloise Marie Valadez, The Times

Whether you like thin crust, gourmet deep dish or specialty pizzas, Beggars Pizza has something for you.

Beggars Pizza has been delivering its signature savory pies and other favorites for the past four decades. Locations are featured throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

The pizza restaurant, founded in 1976 by Angelo Garetto, has 22 locations. The Whiting location opened three years ago on 119th Street.

Whiting’s eatery, which is a franchise, is owned by the Eder family. Guests will find the traditional Beggars menu at the restaurant, which is in a 100-year-old building.

Beggars offers a casual atmosphere for dining making one feel as though they’re in a retro eatery. The evening we dined, there were a number of tables occupied with diners enjoying an assortment of recipes from specialty pizzas to sandwiches.

Beggars advertising logo states “We Lay It On Thick.” Such was the case with our pizza, a half sausage/half onion creation, which was indeed thick and had a good amount of cheese, sausage and onion on it.

In addition to a large dining area, Beggars has a party room and bar. Customers may also use a catering service, which is available at the eatery.

Surveying the menu at Beggars, diners will find Stuffed and Personal Pizzas; Deep Dish; Specialty Pizzas; Spaghetti; Lasagna; Shrimp Dinners; Italian Meatball Sandwiches; The Big Cheese Sandwich; The Godfather Sandwich and more. Burgers, Wings, Desserts and other items also star.

In the Signature Pizza category, creative concoctions are in abundance here. Recipes include The Hawaiian; The Meaty; Taco and Cheeseburger pizzas.

Beggars also features a lunch buffet featuring unlimited salad bar, soup, assorted pizzas, dessert pizza and beverage with free refills. The restaurant offers delivery and carry-out service as well.

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.