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California Pizza Kitchen Complaint - Overpriced Bland Food

Review by 138668 on 2010-12-15
CHANDLER, ARIZONA -- My friend and I went to California Pizza Kitchen for lunch yesterday. I ordered a plain cheese pizza and she got a thin-crust chicken pesto pizza. My pizza was $9.99 and hers was $12.99. The cheese pizza was ok. The tomato sauce tasted bland, like there was no seasoning. I didn't care for it much. I had a few slices of my friend's pizza and it was delicious. The chicken was perfect and the pesto was flavored well. We got an appetizer of deep fried artichoke hearts that were out of this world. They melted in my mouth. Our waitress was very pleasant and checked back with us several times and made sure our drinks were full. The food is kinda pricey. Both our pizzas were 10 inches round, 6 slices. For that, I could have gone to Barros and gotten a medium cheese pizza that tasted a heck of a lot better. California Pizza Kitchen prides itself on gourmet pizza so maybe cheese was the wrong thing to order. I will have to go back and get something else.
Comments:18 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-12-15
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
Thanks for the tip. (VH)
What is the name of that pizza joint that Guy Fieri plugged that is open for a short period of time everyday out there?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
I should have marked this as 'informative' rather than a complaint
Posted by momsey on 2010-12-15:
I love CPK! Yes, they are pricey, but you should definitely try one of the specialty pizzas. I haven't been there in awhile, but my favorite was the California Club. Mmmmmmm! Now I need to go there!!!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-12-15:
Good to know, thanks.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
Deep fried artichoke hearts?? Wow! That sounds good! Never heard of that. What a concept!
Posted by trmn8r on 2010-12-15:
The artichoke hearts sound divine.

I love cheese, any kind of cheese!
Posted by momsey on 2010-12-15:
Oh man, the artichoke hearts sound awesome. The Avocado Club Rolls sound awesome too.

Dang it, shorty, now I have to go there.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
I ate there once it was ok.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-15:
I don't like fried food, but I wouldn't mind trying those artichoke hearts. That sounds wonderful. I've never been to CPK, but I guess specialty pizza is the way to go. If the specialty pizzas are that good, I'm surprised they can't do something to spice up the plain cheese one. How was the crust?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
Venice, I don't like fried foods much either, but these artichokes weren't heavy or greasy, but were more crispy. The crust on the pizza was good. Cheese was good too. The sauce was bland, like it was just plain tomato sauce out of the can.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
Those artichoke hearts sound really good!! Yaya, if you like Thai food, try the Thai Chicken pizza next time. I was skeptical cuz Thai food and pizza don't sound like they go together, but it is absolutely delicious.

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
Not a fan of Thai food. If I go again, I will probably try the hawaiian bbq. That sounded good. And I love hawaiian pizza
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-15:
Bland sauce would turn me off too, yaya. But those artichoke hearts are sounding better and better!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
They came with a side of remoulade (sp?) that went very well with the artichokes
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
The frozen pizza they sell at the stores tastes awful.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
Really wally? I haven't tried them. I like Freshetta frozen pizza
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-15:
They even have a restaurant in Singapore, but I haven't been. Thanks for the review, little!
Posted by trmn8r on 2010-12-15:
"just plain tomato sauce out of the can" sounds really disappointing. I cooked homemade sauce just last night, for 3 hours. Good sauce is needed for a good pizza.

I had a CPK frozen pizza - it was decent for what it is. I don't believe there is a great frozen pizza. Wegman's makes a very good one for $4, but it isn't anything like freshly made.

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