Gluten-Free In Los Angeles: California Pizza Kitchen

CPKI chose California Pizza Kitchen for our last lunch in L.A. Not only is it a couple of miles down Ventura Boulevard from my best friend’s house, it’s close to Barnes & Noble. I felt the need to surround myself with books for a bit.

The last time I went to CPK was back in 2010 when I first started the gluten-free diet. It was only one time and only for a salad. I never attempted to go when they first put out a gluten-free menu and I’m glad I didn’t. Once they realized they weren’t doing gluten-free right for those of us who needed it, they went back to the drawing board. I applaud them for this.

I knew they put out a gluten-free menu again and it has better reviews than their first attempt. It was time to try it. CPK has always been one of my favorite places. Back home, it was a treat for me to go out to dinner there. Because I burned so many calories walking almost everywhere, I would order a pizza and the BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad and eat it ALL. No leftovers to take home. CPK 2

I started with a Hand-Shaken Agave Lime Mojito. Sometimes a late lunch calls for an adult beverage and a good mojito never disappoints.CPK 3

I chose the Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage pizza. It was delivered separately by the manager with a specialty gluten-free toothpick. That is how seriously they take it. At least at that location.CPK 4

The pizza was every bit as good as their regular pizzas as I remember them but with a thinner crust. I made sure to leave a couple of pieces even if I wanted to eat the whole thing. Cold pizza for breakfast never gets old, especially when you have to get on a plane early in the morning. If we had a CPK in Cincinnati, it would be my go-to for pizza again.CPK 5

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3 comments

  1. So glad you had such a wonderful experience, Debi! It all looks delicious for sure. I love hot pizza and cold pizza. Like you said, the latter really does not ever get old and is the perfect travel breakfast for sure. 🙂 I was not happy with their earlier “gf” efforts, but I’m really glad that they didn’t abandon the whole attempt to serve the gf and figured out how to do it safely!

    Shirley

    • I think if more restaurants put the same kind of effort into doing right like CPK did and some other places have done, they would see a big return on their investment. Some places just don’t think that way though. Such a shame. But, at least I know where I can get a good gf pizza in Louisville other than BJ’s Brewhouse. 😀


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