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.



Margherita Pizza

Here is a restaurant copycat recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's Margherita pizza. This classic Italian pizza is made with Mozzarella cheese and topped with basil and Parmesan cheese. Read on to learn how to make this simple yet flavorful pizza at home using simple ingredients and limited cooking skills.
Pizza Margherita was first made in 1899 when Quenn Marghereta visited Napels.
I've never had much luck trying to make homemade pizza dough so I found the prepared pizza shells pictured to the right at my local Walmart for less than $2 a piece. Boboli also makes a nice shell that would work great with this pizza.  This is a must.


1 prepared pizza crust
6-8 oz mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb plum roma tomatoes
6 fresh basil leaves, cut in strips
1 clove garlic
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat Oven
  2. Combine 2 Tbsp olive olive oil, salt, grated garlic and sliced tomatoes in a bowl.
  3. Allow to marinate.
  4. Brush pizza shell with olive oil.
  5. Top with cheese, then tomatoes.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven according to shell package directions.
  8. Remove from oven and top with parmesan cheese and basil.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

1 comment:

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