Back in May we heard some rumors about a gluten-free pizza crust debuting at California Pizza Kitchen.
We were pretty excited then, but we’re even more excited now that we received a little love note from CPK. Sorry for not posting before the holiday, but I got all caught up in fireworks and berries and festive things like that.
“Hi,” the email begins. “The wait is over! Today California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has launched gluten free pizza crust, making 29 of their original pizzas available gluten free. ”
“CPK has taken notice of the increased demand with more than 3 million Americans affected by Celiac Disease and created a specialty menu with various gluten free items. Among the 29 different gluten free pizzas available is America’s favorite, The Original BBQ Chicken pizza, the Pear & Gorgonzola pizza and the Wild Mushroom pizza. CPK also offers other gluten free appetizers, soups, salads, specialties, kids items and desserts to choose from on their current menu.”
The email goes on to say how excited they are to have these new foods for us, etc. etc. And that’s great. I’m glad they’re excited, because I am too — apparently there’s a branch in a mall not terribly far from me.
Looking at the pizza section of their website, the gluten-free options are highlighted front and center. There are only two pizzas that can’t be accommodated, so there’s still more choices than I could eat in a year of pizzas. And they sound delicious, but of course they come with the standard disclaimer:
“Gluten-Free” designations are based on information provided by our ingredient suppliers. Warning: Ingredients or production methods used by our suppliers may change, or there may be product differences among regional suppliers. Additionally, normal kitchen operations involve shared cooking and preparation areas, or we may need to substitute ingredients in menu items. We are therefore unable to guarantee that any menu item is free from gluten or any other allergen, and we assume no responsibility for guests with food allergies or sensitivities.
Have you tried California Pizza Kitchen’s gluten-free crust? Will you? If so, what did you think (and what toppings did you get?)?