Celebrating 40 years of serving great Chicago style pizza

Business, Community 88 92

by Chinta Strausberg

Reggio’s Pizza, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, is the only frozen pizza manufacturer in the City of Chicago. Reggio’s distributes its products to most major supermarket chains in 40 states. Reggio’s is not only known for its famous tasty “butter crust” but even General Mills has commended Reggio’s crust for being “healthy and tasty.”

A Black-owned business employing 109 diverse black, white and Hispanic employees, Mr. John Clark and his wife, Pearl, had a vision and with faith and determination they mortgaged everything they owned to build their headquarters, located at 340 W. 83rd Street in the West Chatham community. The 36,000 USDA-inspected square foot state-of-the-art processing facility is home to the award-winning nationally-known Reggio’s Pizza.


While the Clark’s strive for perfection in their business, they strongly believe in helping the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The Clark’s often donate to high school and college scholarship funds, and they have an intern program as well. The Clark’s have even hired some of the very students they helped finance through college. Most recently, Mr. Clark and Mrs. Clark were inductees of the “Hall of Fame” at the Chicago State University.

Reggio’s has also received a number of awards including the: National Supplier of the Year” 2010 award presented by the National Minority supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the “Regional Supplier of the Year” from the Chicago NMSDC region, and among others the United States Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)’s and the “National Minority Retail Firm of the Year” award.

Reggio’s has been commended by a number of elected officials on all levels of government for excellence in business and community employment.

Check out the Chicago style pizza at Reggio’s, 120 W. 87th Street, Chicago, IL restaurant just off 87th and the Dan Ryan.

You may dine-in, get a carry out or have your pizza delivered. Call: 773.651.7777 or fax your order to: 773.651.0977. Delivery starts at 12 noon–Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday’s from 2 p.m. to midnight.


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Toure Muhammad

Author Toure Muhammad is the head bean, publisher and chief strategist of Bean Soup Times. The Morehouse graduate has written front page cover stories for The Final Call and N’digo. He has been featured in the Chicago Reader, Upscale magazine, rolling out newspaper, and N’Digo magapaper. He’s been featured on Tavis Smiley’s radio show on NPR, on Chicago’s WBEZ (Chicago public radio), and many other radio shows.

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