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A casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in California-style pizza.

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Crying babies, long wait, pricey food.

  • Jun 22, 2010
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All the years that I have lived in Los Angeles I have never been to this chain until about five months ago and I cant say I missed out on much of anything.  I went to the location off Lincoln ave about five minutes or so from LMU on a Saturday night.  The place gets pretty crowded as a lot of families come during that time and as such the presence of children under the age of ten or so is fairly heavy.  Unfortunately, this can mean significant noise and kids running around from table to table and I noticed several crying babies  as well.  I don't have anything against kids, but it makes it difficult to enjoy a meal and concentrate on a conversation due to the high noise level.  Another drawback to this location was the wait.  My party ended up waiting about twenty minutes or so to get seated, not extreme by any means, but unpleasant none the less.

I had a spicy pasta which was decent and every one else at our table seemed to enjoy the food as well.  I would not say it was excellent food, but definitely not bad.  Had the atmosphere been a little bit quieter and the wait a little shorter my overall experience would have been a lot better.  The last aspect of the restaurant that will prevent me from coming back again is the food price.  It was a little on the expensive side all things taken into account, and in a recession I am forced to be a lot tighter with my wallet.  I would avoid this place if your looking for really good Italian food. For a better pasta and a better atmosphere head to Bucca Di Beppo.

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July 29, 2010
I've also never really had a good experience here.
 
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Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
I have only eaten here once, and I thought it was super overpriced and trendy. The pizza I ordered was ok, I have had much better.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Excellent pizza!
Quick Tip by . March 10, 2010
posted in Pizza Therapy
Pretty good for a chain restaurant. Love their thin pizzas & seemingly endless combos of toppings!
Quick Tip by . November 15, 2009
Yes.....I'm a big fan of California Pizza Kitchen. Loved in L.A....love it in St. Louis as well. The chopped salad and pizzas always good!
Quick Tip by . November 14, 2009
Mmmmm, I really dig their large variety of gourmet-ish pizzas. My fave are the tostada & pear & gorgonzola pizzas!
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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, United States.

CPK is essentially a mass-market offshoot of Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills (which in turn was inspired by the Chez Panisse cafe in Berkeley, California). In 1985 the restaurant hired Spago's founding pizza chef, Ed LaDou, to design its menu, and used a similar concept involving an open kitchen centered around a wood-burning pizza oven. It is credited with spreading this once-exclusive California gourmet pizza trend throughout the United States and, later, the world.

The chain is widely known for its innovative 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, 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 nine other countries, including 26 California Pizza Kitchen ASAP kiosks designed to serve passengers at airports and shopping malls.  The company has also licensed its name to Kraft Foods to distribute a line of premium frozen pizzas.
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