For six long years, I’ve been on a quest to find a mouthwateringly delicious gluten free pizza. Back in my gluten eating days, we’d enjoy a Trenton Tomato Pie — the kind you fold in half before eating (if you’re from Jersey, you know what I’m talking about). After going gluten free, I tirelessly sampled countless pies looking for that illusive holy grail. I came very close today at California Pizza Kitchen! I feasted on the Gluten Free Wild Mushroom Pizza and it was pure fabulousness. The cheese was uber-cheesy, the toppings were generous, and the fact that I could eat something other than a (yawn) house salad was priceless. The only minor glitch in the meal was that the gluten free crust was a bit undercooked. However, that didn’t stand in the way of me scarfing down the entire pizza. There are 27 (holy crap!) gluten free pizza options. Note that two pizza options are NOT available gluten-free. They are the Thai Chicken and the Roasted Artichoke & Spinach. CPK’s gluten free menu is impressive and I’m thrilled that they are aware of their gluten free customers’ needs. California Pizza Kitchen has locations throughout the US.
Prior to our visit, I did contact California Pizza Kitchen via e-mail and here is their response. FYI, this response is from Barbara Cason, Guest Relations on May 12, 2011. As of June 29, 2011, CPK now offers the gluten-free pizza crust option at all locations.
Thank you for your inquiry and interest in California Pizza Kitchen. The following items from CPK are acceptable for a Gluten Free Diet: Small Cravings Asparagus & Arugula Salad White Corn Guacamole & Chips The Wedge Salad Soups Tuscan White Bean Minestrone **Order Without Croutons Sedona Tortilla Soup Salads Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad Roasted Vegetable Salad Original Chopped CPK Cobb Salad Moroccan Chicken Salad Waldorf Chicken Salad Field Greens Specialties Wild Caught Mahi Mahi Served with wok-stirred mixed vegetables. Served blackened upon request. Pan Sauteed Salmon Served with wok-stirred mixed vegetables. Served blackened upon request. Desserts Hot Fudge or Caramel Sundae CPKids Grilled Chicken Breast Served with baby broccoli. Fresh Fruit Available with the purchase of a CPKids Meal. As CPK does offer many items that do contain some form of gluten, we also recommend mentioning your dietary restrictions to your server or a manager on duty to ensure proper precautions are taken to prevent cross-contamination.”