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For the past four decades, Beggars Pizza has been serving up pizza and other Italian-inspired favorites in the Chicagoland area.

The pizza joint, founded in 1976 by Angelo Garetto, has 22 locations. A Whiting location, which is a franchise, opened two years ago on 119th Street.

Owned by Jim, Janine, Ryan and Jon Eder, Beggars Pizza in Whiting is housed in a 100-year-old building and features the signature Beggars menu.

"The menu is consistent with all the other Beggars," Jim Eder said. "With Beggars, we want to offer diners good service, quality pizza and a downtown Chicago flair." 

During a recent Monday night visit to Beggars, the pizza joint was well attended by community diners enjoying a variety of menu items.

We definitely had a taste for pizza and ordered the medium thin crust ($15) as well as the popular Italian Meatball Sandwich ($5.79) and the Spinach Artichoke Dip appetizer ($6.99).

The Spinach Artichoke Dip proved flavorful and we chose the homemade pita chips for dipping. Beggars Meatball Sandwich starred three large meatballs sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and covered generously with a rich red sauce.

Our pizza, which was half sausage and half onion, was more than enough for two people and as Beggars familiar sign says, "We Lay it On Thick." All the ingredients, including the cheese, were well layered on the crust featuring a thick blanket of ingredients.

Eder, who also owns a Beggars Pizza in Dyer, said he chose Whiting for a restaurant location because of its charm and small town atmosphere.

"I wanted to highlight the lakefront community in Whiting. I really love this community," Eder said.

On the Whiting Beggars' premises, diners will find a bar, party room and a large dining area with televisions. Catering also is available at the restaurant.

Among items on Beggars menu are Deep Dish, Stuffed and Personal pizzas; Specialty Pizzas such as Taco Pizza; Cheeseburger and Gluten-Free Pizza; Breaded Chicken Bites Salad ($9.29); Breaded Shrimp Salad ($9.99); Chicken Fritters ($5.99); Ham and Cheese Wrap ($5.69); Veal Parmigiana ($13.99); Lake Perch Dinner ($15.99); Texas Burger ($7.49); and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Beef sandwich ($8.99).

Beggars also features Wi-Fi, a lunch buffet, delivery service and carry-out.


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.