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.



Lettuce Wrap

Here is an easy restaurant copycat recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's Lettuce Wraps.  These are a very popular item on the menu and can be made with chicken or any other meat.  Read on to find out how to make this dish at home using simple ingredients and limited cooking skills.

Ingredients for the Sauce

2 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp dry sherry
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar

Other Ingredients

1 lb chicken breast
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup bamboo shoot
1 garlic clove minced
1 tsp cornstarch mixed
1/2 water chestnut
1 sliced ginger root, mince
with 2 Tbsp water
1 stalk of celery, diced
1 Tbsp sesame oil


  1. Mix together the sauce ingredients.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a skillet on high heat.
  3. Add garlic, ginger and green onions.  Fry until garlic and ginger are aromatic.
  4. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is browned.
  5. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  6. Add the bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and celery to the pan.
  7. Add the sauce ingredients and cook on medium heat.
  8. Stir the cornstarch mixture and add to the skillet.
  9. Add chicken back to the pan.  Cook for  22-3 more minutes stirring to heat the chicken.
  10. The lettuce wraps are designed to be eaten "taco style" with the chicken mixture folded into a package


  1. Unbelieveable! This turned out exactly like the dish at California pizza kitchen. I added some asian rice noodles to sub the crunchy white noodles that they serve and it was a HIT! Made it twice in one week!

  2. I thought here were mushrooms in it?