The California Pizza Kitchen chain is widely known for its hand-tossed, gluten-free crusts and non-traditional pizzas like the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza. They also serve pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. With over 270 locations in 32 states and 11 countries, it has definitely come a long way since opening its doors in 1985. Here are a few interesting things to know about CPK.
1. Two federal prosecutors started CPK in Beverly Hills.
In 1985, two former federal prosecutors Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield wanted to pursue their passion for good food and decided to open a pizza joint. They dreamed of making California known for good pizza just like New York and Chicago.
2. CPK has very good original pizzas.
Among their best-sellers are Thai chicken, barbecue chicken, and Jamaican jerk chicken. The kitchen crew cooks pizza in an open kitchen for guests to see.
3. They have an extensive menu.
Aside from the numerous toppings, with globally-inspired flavors, they also have a long list of sandwiches, soups, pasta, appetizers, and of course desserts. Recently, they added tacos to their menu.
4. You can make CPK pizza at home.
That’s because you can buy these delicious hand-tossed style frozen pizzas in grocery stores.
5. CPK’s rewards program is actually pretty nice.
If you spend at least $10 a visit, you will accrue points. Once you have spent a total of $100, you can get a free entrée that is worth fifteen dollars. You also get access to discounts and free food as members.
6. The gift cards don’t expire.
If you want to get someone a nice birthday gift, consider sending them a CPK gift card. It doesn’t have an expiry date and you can send them via email.
7. They might be able to deliver to your home.
Craving for CPK pizza right now? Call them and ask if your area is within their delivery zone.
8. CPK caters weddings, birthdays and events.
If you’re planning a big party, why not tap CPK’s full service? They have a mobile kitchen managed by their professional staff. Residents of Southern California can reap the benefits of CPK serving birthdays, corporate events, family reunions and weddings. In fact, they can cater to 200 or more people in a single event.
9. You can order wine at CPK.
You read that right. Wine is always flowing at CPK.
- Szechwan Chicken Dumplings
- Banh Mi Bowl
- Cedar Plank Salmon
- Crispy Mac ‘N’ Cheese
- Five Cheese + Fresh Tomato Pizza
- Wild Mushroom Pizza
- Thai Chicken Pizza
- Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza
- The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Caesar Salad
- Lettuce Wraps
California Pizza Kitchen has remained consistently in serving quality food that is both healthy and delicious. There are plenty of yummy appetizers and pizzas worth trying at CPK, not to mention they also have some really good cocktails.
Here’s a foodie’s review of CPK: