California Pizza Kitchen Reintroduces Gluten-Free Pizza

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Judy Nichols
California Pizza Kitchen recently reintroduced its gluten-free pizzas.

I chose pepperoni, and the two different meats, rustic and spicy, were a great combination. I've always loved the CPK sauce, and I was thrilled to be able to order a pizza and know I was safe.

CPK worked with the Gluten Intolerance Group to institute procedures to ensure that the pizzas are not cross-contaminated in the kitchen.

They have separate prep areas, segregated toppings in color-coded containers, color-coded tools, and aluminum pans with rims that prevent the pizzas from bumping into wheat crusts in the oven.

In addition, CPK has substituted rice flour in all the pizza prep stations, even for the wheat crusts, so no wheat flour is floating around in the air, contaminated things.

They will make any of their pizzas on a gluten-free crust, but because of kitchen space, only the four listed can be prepared using the Gluten Intolerance Group guidelines.

I'm thrilled to once again be a big fan of CPK, in part because of the gluten-free pizzas and, in part, because of the love they show veterans.

I'm already marking the calendar for November 11, Veterans Day, when I plan to be enjoying pizza with my mother, once again marveling at her survival.

The next battle: de-gluten the split pea soup.

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Location Info

California Pizza Kitchen

2400 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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