California Pizza Kitchen
We opened our first restaurant in Beverly Hills in 1985. Former federal prosecutors Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax combined their passion for food with fresh, high-quality ingredients to create innovative, hearth-baked pizzas such as The Original BBQ Chicken, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken, cooked in an open kitchen. The restaurant gave California a place in the pizza pantheon alongside Chicago and New York. Our California twist on global flavors resonated with guests, and almost immediately, CPK became a bustling spot for business and family gatherings.
After the first location opened, we expanded from California to more than 250 locations in more than 30 states and 11 countries. And the menu expanded to include some of the most amazing salads, soups, appetizers and entrees you will ever taste. Flavorful tacos, succulent pasta specialties and luscious desserts round out the options.