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.



New Menu Items at CPK

California Pizza Kitchen New Item:

  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust: A gluten-free crust made with cauliflower available with any pizza for a $2.50 upcharge (originally introduced in southern California in November)

Availability: Permanent

California Pizza Kitchen New Item: 

  • Carne Asada Pizza, marinated steak, roasted poblano peppers, cilantro pesto, yellow onions, mozzarella, Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro, served with salsa verde

Availability: Until Nov. 4, 2016


California Pizza Kitchen New Items:

  • Wild Mushroom Strozzapreti: Rolled pasta with sautéed cremini, portobello and seasonal mushrooms, Parmesan, thyme and parsley
  • Brussels & Bacon Flatbread: Roasted Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, creamy goat cheese, Romano and black pepper
  • Roasted Garlic Chicken & Seasonal Brussels Sprouts: Sautéed chicken breast in lemon-garlic sauce with roasted fingerling potatoes, cauliflower, Mediterranean herbs and Brussels sprouts
  • Blood Orange Sangria: Bacardi Limon, Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, blood orange purée and agave nectar

Availability: Through Jan. 4, 2017

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower (pictured): Cauliflower florets fried with buttermilk batter, tossed in Sriracha Buffalo sauce and topped with a salad of celery, Gorgonzola and cilantro
Beehive Sangria: Francis Ford Coppola Bianco Pinot Grigio, Cointreau, Monin Lavender, strawberry purée, honey and lemon
Availability: Permanent


California Pizza Kitchen New Items:

  • California Fields Salad (pictured): Field greens topped with watermelon and sliced strawberries, basil, feta, pistachios and Champagne vinaigrette
  • Strawberry Shortcake: A shortcake biscuit topped with strawberries, whipped cream, lemon zest and Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream
  • Fresh Strawberry Mango Cooler: Strawberries shaken with Fresca and Monin South Seas syrup (with mango, guava and ginger flavors)
  • Strawberry Lime Margarita (pictured): Casamigos Tequila Blanco, strawberries, strawberry purée, agave sour and lime

Availability: Until Aug. 29, 2016

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