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.



Wild Mushroom Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Recipe

Serves 1

1/4 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
1/4 cup thinly sliced baby bella/cremini mushrooms
1/4 cup thinly sliced white mushrooms
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 high-fiber pita
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 tbsp. chopped scallions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir all mushrooms until partially softened, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl, and blot away excess moisture.  In a small bowl, combine cheese wedge, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Mix until uniform.

Lay pita on the baking sheet, and spread with cheese mixture, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.  Bake until mozzarella cheese has melted and pita is hot and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with scallions, and cut into slices.

Note: This is a low calorie version from Hungry Girl.


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