California Pizza Kitchen
Several locations in L.A. area
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The two attorneys who left law careers for pizza dough in 1985 have created a goldmine in California Pizza Kitchen with its multiple locations. No more fighting over who likes anchovies; CPK’s trademark is individual pizzas, so you choose your own toppings. Resist the urge for familiar pepperoni or veggie; although they’re on the menu, the fun here is to go for wild fusion as only Californians can. How about Thai chicken with a peanut-ginger sauce or Jamaican jerk with its spicy sweet tang? Pear and gorgonzola, carne asada, Peking duck, the salad pizza – it boggles the mind but will delight the palate. Serving lunch and dinner at modest prices, California Pizza Kitchen always has a lively scene; you’ll see workers on breaks, families, birthday parties and daters munching before or after movies. When you sit down in the blonde-wood and black dining room, kids get their own menu and crayons. A full bar and good appetizers such as shrimp rolls or hummus can get you started. The BBQ chopped chicken or Waldorf chicken salads are yummy options to pizza, as are the international pastas. Should you have room, California Pizza Kitchen’s key lime pie is the fave, or go for chocolate soufflé cake or apple crisp.
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