I 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.
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.