I went to California Pizza Kitchen for the first time recently. My wife and kids have actually been there before when they were shopping at Bridgeport Village. But shopping isn’t my thing and Bridgeport Village is about 25 miles away. Anyways, I was very impressed with California Pizza. The food was delicious, the service was awesome, and the prices were reasonable. I also learned CPK will work with you on food allergies. And BTW, California Pizza offers more than just pizzas (like pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, fish, soup, etc). Oh, one more thing. CPK gift cards are great stocking stuffers. And when you purchase $100 in gift cards, you’ll receive a $20 promotional card for yourself (sweet, right?). This promotion runs through January 2, 2017.
I want to start with food allergies because this is important to us. My youngest son is allergic to dairy, eggs, nuts and a bunch of other stuff. We usually bring our own food for him when we eat out. Fortuantely for our little guy, California Pizza Kitchen can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Our son ordered a kids pizza with mushrooms, pepperoni and sausage. Their dough is egg-free and we asked them to hold the cheese. CPK then prepared the pizza with separate utensils and wrapped it in foil before placing it in the oven. My son loved it and he’s already asking to go back. It’s a special treat for him to be able to eat restaurant food.
I ordered The Works pizza. It was really good and featured spicy Italian sausage, rustic pepperoni, Cremini mushrooms, mozzarella, red onions, green peppers, olives and wild Greek oregano. My wife ordered the Jambalaya Fettuccine, and Asparagus and Arugula Salad. I didn’t try either dish, but my wife said it was so yummy. She’s a lot more picky than I am, so it must’ve be really good. The Jambalaya consisted of blackened chicken and shrimp, crawfish, Andouille sausage and Tasso ham in a spicy Cajun sauce. The salad was tossed in housemade lemon vinaigrette with sun-dried tomatoes, toasted almonds and shaved Parmesan.
My three oldest children ordered the Roasted Artichoke and Spinach pizza, Kids Hawaiian pizza, and Kids Curly Mac and Cheese. They all loved their choices. My oldest daughter said the Roasted Artichoke and Spinach pizza is her favorite. It featured oven-roasted artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, sautéed spinach, mozzarella and Parmesan.
As part of our super big lunch, we also tried the Roasted Garlic Chicken and Seasonal Vegetables, White Corn Guacamole and Chips, and Thai Crunch Salad. They were all good, but the chicken was a big hit. I tried a small sample and before I could get a second piece, the rest of the family ate it all. How inconsiderate. The dish featured pan-sautéed chicken breast in lemon-garlic sauce with hearth-roasted fingerling potatoes, cauliflower, Mediterranean herbs and seasonal vegetables.
I was stuffed, but my wife and oldest daughter were insane. Somehow they still found room for a couple treats from CPK’s sinfully delicious menu. My wife tried the Belgian Chocolate Souffle Cake and my daughter ordered a Key Lime Pie. They both said their dessert was yummy. The cake consisted of warm chocolate served with triple-thick hot fudge, vanilla bean sauce and Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.
While we were there, the general manager, Eric (great guy), told us about their special fund raising program for schools. With their promotion, 20% of sale goes back to the school. And this isn’t just a one-night deal. The 20% promotion runs for four months. So if you’re looking for a great fundraiser for your school, you should call your local California Pizza Kitchen for more information.
CPKKids Birthday Parties
Did you know you can book birthday parties at California Pizza? A lot of places host parties, but kids can play chef at CPK and make their own pizza with fresh seasonal ingredients. The birthday party also includes a VIP–style behind-the-counter restaurant tour, a CPK chef coat for the birthday child, a meal from their CPKids menu and a certificate for a free CPKids Meal for each child’s next visit.
[Disclosure: I was treated to lunch at California Pizza Kitchen for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]