Review: California Pizza Kitchen Gluten-Free Pizza
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Oct 14 2013

Review: California Pizza Kitchen Gluten-Free Pizza

Earlier this month I shared the great news that California Pizza Kitchen re-released their gluten-free pizza, but this time, the right way, with the guidance and blessing of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG).  When I had to go to the mall over the weekend to pick up a book at Barnes & Noble for a book report, I planned a stop at CPK since it is located at the other end of the same mall.  Since this was going to be the first time ordering the new gluten-free pizza, I wanted to do so in person to get a feel for how well the restaurant employees were trained. 

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This is the sign placed right out in front of the restaurant to lure people inside.  I was thrilled to see this!  To me it was definitely a good sign, pun intended, that the staff had been educated about the gluten-free pizza and procedures.  I made my way over to the “To-Go” order counter and saw another good sign.

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The tabletop sign talked about the strict procedures approved by the GIG and listed the four varieties of gluten-free pizzas offered:

  • Margherita $14.25
  • The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza $15.00
  • Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage $15.50
  • Pepperoni $13.75

I ordered the Margherita for me and the Pepperoni for Jon.  The pizzas only took 15 minutes to prepare and were presented to us like this:

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Another indication that CPK got it right this time.  Only one question remains…how does it taste?  The gentleman that was working the “To-Go” counter said he liked the new version better than the old.  He went on to tell me the base ingredients, which really impressed me!

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The Pepperoni version.

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The Margherita version.

The pizza was a little overcooked at the edges, but didn’t taste burnt, so it didn’t bother me at all.  The texture of the crust and the overall taste of the pizza was outstanding, so much so that I forgot about the edges until I looked at the pictures before sharing them here with you guys.  The pizzas are roughly 10 inches in diameter.  I stretched mine out into 2 meals by adding an arugula salad when I got home. 

If you haven’t figured it out already, I am beyond ecstatic with the new gluten-free pizza at CPK.  I definitely see it being added to our “safe” list of restaurants in the Columbus area.  To see where the closest CPK restaurant to you is, visit the website store locator.

Well done California Pizza Kitchen, well done.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. optimisticmomma says:

    Yes, I agree. I brought my Celiac/diabetic son to the one in MI and was very impressed with how they handled it (sent the manager to do it all) and my son loved it more than Buddy’s even.

  2. optimisticmomma says:

    Yes, I agree. I brought my Celiac/diabetic son to the one in MI and was very impressed with how they handled it (sent the manager to do it all) and my son loved it more than Buddy’s even.

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