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.



Mixed Grill Vegetarian Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant Recipe

Grilled Vegetables and Sauce:
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 Japanese eggplants, sliced 1/8 inch thick
1/2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8 inch thick
1/2 red bell pepper, seeds, veins and stem removed
1/2 yellow bell pepper, veins and stem removed
1 small red onion, cut into 1/2 inch rings
2 whole Roma tomatoes
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1 recipe pizza dough
cornmeal for handling
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
12 very thin slices smoked mozzarella cheese

To make the Vegetables: Prepare a hot grill. Combine soy sauce and 1/4 cup olive oil. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the vegetables on all surfaces, being careful not to saturate the eggplant. Grill the vegetables 2 to 3 minutes per side for the zucchini and eggplant, 5 to 6 minutes per side for the peppers and onions, and 20 to 30 minutes for tomatoes or until they are blackened on all sides. Set aside in the refrigerator.

When the tomatoes have cooled, cut off the tops to remove and discard the core. combine the tomatoes, accumulated juices and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor. Process until smooth and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to make the pizzas.

To make the Pizza: Place a pizza stone on the center of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees for one hour before cooking the pizza.

Use a large spoon to spread 1/2 cup of the grilled tomato sauce evenly over the crust, up to the rim. Spread 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Cut the grilled vegetables into strips. Place the vegetables over the cheese in layers. Put strips of smoked mozzarella cheese over the vegetables.

Transfer the pizza to the oven. Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese at the center is hot and bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes. When cooked, remove the pizza from the oven. Slice and serve.

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