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.
Consumers Favorite Casual Dining Restaurants
Consumers named Cheesecake Factory their favorite casual dining restaurant in a survey that Market Force, the customer intelligence solutions firm, released last month. Market Force polled more than 1,600 consumers to learn their takes on casual restaurants in five different categories: breakfast, steak, Italian, seafood, and general menu.
Survey respondents ranked chains by considering service, food quality, and value. Cracker Barrel topped the ranks on service, while consumers pointed to Red Robin as the most kid friendly restaurant. Other runners up to Cheesecake Factory in the general menu category were Ruby Tuesday, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Chili's.
Offering good value and having good specials also piqued consumers' interest. TGI Friday's topped the chart for presenting good value for the money, while survey takers nodded to Chili's as the best casual dining restaurant when it comes to value, promotions, and coupons.
Rounding out the favorites were
Maggiano's (Italian restaurant)
The Capital Grille (favorite steakhouse)
Pappadeux (favorite seafood restaurant)
Mimi's (favorite breakfast restaurant)