California Pizza Kitchen, known within the food industry as CPK, is a casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in California-style pizza. The restaurant was started in 1985 by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in Beverly Hills, California. The chain is widely known for its innovative and non traditional pizzas, such as the "Original BBQ Chicken Pizza", BLT, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizzas. They also serve various kinds of pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. They have an extensive children's menu for children ages 10 and under which includes a variety of different pizzas, pastas, salad, and chicken.

The chain has over 230 locations in 32 US states and eleven other countries, including 26 California Pizza Kitchen ASAP kiosks designed to serve passengers at airports and shopping malls. The company licensed its name to Kraft Foods to distribute a line of premium frozen pizzas, in 2000.; Nestlé purchased Kraft's pizza lines in 2010.



Greek Pizza

Here is an easy restaurant copycat recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's Greek Pizza.  This pizza contains spiced chicken and mozzarella cheese topped with basically a chilled Greek salad of cucumbers, red onions, fresh tomatoes, Greek olives, Feta cheese and an herb infused salad dressing.  Read on to learn how to make this salad pizza at home.
I've never had much luck at making homemade pizza dough so I use prepared pizza shells to make these gourmet pizzas. The shells to the right were bought at Walmart for less than $2 each. Boboli also makes a nice pizza shell. I find that using a shell insures a perfect crust every time.

Pizza Ingredients

1 prepared pizza shell
Baked toppings
Salad Toppings
olive oil
2 cups rotisserie chicken
diced cucumbers
mozzarella cheese
diced red onions
diced tomatoes
sliced black olives
greek salad dressing
feta cheese


  1. Preheat oven according to shell package directions.
  2. Brush shell with olive oil.
  3. Shred rotisserie chicken and a spice blend of 1/2 tsp each of cumin, garlic powder, paprika, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Pile the chicken and some shredded mozzarella cheese on the pizza and bake.
  5. Meanwhile toss all the vegetables in Italian or Greek salad dressing and chill in the refrigerator.
  6. When the pizza comes out of the oven top with veggies, black olives and feta cheese.
NOTE:   The Tzatziki sauce below is optional.

Ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce

1 tub of greek yogurt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
5-6 leaves of chopped mint
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cucumber chopped finely
1/2 tsp sugar

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