California Pizza Kitchen Debuts New Look, New Flavors

California Pizza Kitchen has gone “off the chain” in Florida, scrapping the expected in favor of an all-new, relaxed atmosphere where guests can unwind and feel at home. A newly reimagined menu debuted this month at the chain’s Wellington restaurant in the Mall at Wellington Green.

CPK has reimagined its menu to offer new seasonal items (Harvest Kale Salad and Sunnyside Up Bacon + Potato Pizza) and mains (Fire-Grilled Ribeye and Hearth-Roasted Halibut), as well as options that are low-calorie, vegetarian or gluten-free.

CPK’s Lunch Duos offer more than 80 fresh, made-to-order pairing combinations for a quick and affordable weekday meal. The new beverage menu of handcrafted cocktails utilizes fresh ingredients and unique flavor combinations.

The Wellington location is among the first 12 in the country to be redesigned and to launch the new menu. Others doing so in Florida include California Pizza Kitchen locations in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Naples.

At CPK, guests can see fresh produce being prepped from scratch, using locally sourced ingredients, including arugula, strawberries, cabbage, parsley, green and red peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and more.

A recent Harvard Business Review study on open-kitchen environments found that customer satisfaction went up as much as 17 percent when they could see chefs preparing food in the open kitchen. The same is true for the chefs. When their work was observed by their guests, they felt more appreciated and satisfied with their work, and exerted extra effort. Guests at CPK have a front-row seat to all the action in the kitchen, including the pizza-making counter and the hearth oven. The pizza counter serves as a culinary theater where dough is proofed, and then every pie is hand-tossed 3 feet into the air before it is topped with unique ingredients and baked in the open hearth oven.

CPK supports FDA regulations requiring restaurants to put calorie counts on the menu. It was among the first restaurant chains in the country to make nutritional information available in every restaurant. In addition to traditional menu favorites, CPK has a Lite Adventures menu featuring globally inspired items that are all under 650 calories. For those with special vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dietary needs, CPK provides variety and choices without skimping on flavor.

Born in Beverly Hills in 1985, California Pizza Kitchen is a leader in authentic California-style cuisine and is widely known for its innovative menu items. California Pizza Kitchen provides a range of California-inspired dishes for guests who seek the unique, from signature hand-tossed and hearth-baked pizzas to imaginative salads, pastas, entrées, soups, sandwiches and hand-crafted cocktails. The chain has expanded to 11 countries.

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ABOVE: Remodeled CPK locations have modernized decor.