California Pizza Kitchen
Posted 13 July 2011 - 07:31 PM
Pizza came out, i bit into it and got very worried... it was too good. It was soft a chewy in all the right places and firm on the bottom. I stopped the waitress and verified it was gluten-free, she said yes. I visually compared my pizza to my wife's (she got the whole wheat) and our son's (he got a kid's regular). My pizza crust definitely looked different. I had my wife do a taste test, she thought it was gluten-free. See the problem is the bbq chicken pizza has such an overwhelming flavor (in a good way) that it was hard to taste just the crust. I looked around at other people's pizza, mine didn't look the same.
Here's the bottom line, except for Mozzerrelli's in NYC, this was BY FAR the best gluten-free pizza I've ever tasted. Better than Unos, Pizza Fusion, Mellow Mushroom, any Still Riding or French Meadow i've had in many local pizza places.
I asked the mgr to stop by and chat. Quizzed her on their gluten-free operations. She said they keep the dough separate, prep and cook the pizza on a clean pan and / or aluminum foil, change gloves while prepping it and cook it "not close to the other pizzas." For an intolerant person like myself, I found this completely adequate. FYI, she said they sell about 4 a day on average.
If you used to enjoy CPK and hopefully your local outlet follows the correct procedures, run don't walk. Speaking of running, I'm going to have to burn off some major calories after my lunch at Taim Mobile and dinner at CPK.
Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:03 PM
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 01:03 PM
Gluten Free since November 2005
"If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.." ---Ed Polish
Posted 17 July 2011 - 12:01 AM
Son, age 18, previously delayed growth 3rd percentile weight, 25th percentile height (5'3" at age 15). Negative blood work. Endoscopy declined. Enterolab positive 3/12/08. Gene results: HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201 HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0503 Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,1(Subtype 2,5) Went gluten-free, casein-free 3/15/08. Now 6'2" (Over six feet!) and doing great.
"Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance." Abigail Adams (1744-1818) 2nd First Lady of the United States
Posted 18 July 2011 - 03:04 PM
Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:46 PM
We are THRILLED with the attention CPK is giving this issue, and have been back once more since then. Big thumbs up from my family!
Posted 26 July 2011 - 05:42 AM
Apparently their Director of Culinary Devlopment has also said that CPK's Gluten Free pizza is NOT meant for people with celiac disease, but for people who choose not to eat gluten, as they cannot guarantee that it's gluten free.
The article is worth reading before you go eat there, then the decision is yours!
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