CPK is Overrated

January 14, 2009 at 6:04 PM 3 comments

This Saturday, my mom invited one of her college friends over. We were going to go to eat at California’s Pizza Kitchen. I always used to think the place was one of the better places to get pizza, but now I know I’m mistaken.

First off, the wait. Unbelievably long. It’s only pizza (and pasta). Pizza is supposed to be practically fast food. Which means premade dough and everything. And it has unusually good business for being not so great.

Then, the pizza. California Pizza Kitchen does not make crappy pizzas, I will say that. It even has quite a large variety of toppings. Unfortunately, most of this variety seems to consist of different kinds of chicken. Original BBQ Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Mango Tandoori Chicken, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Chipotle Chicken, Greek Pizza (chicken), Thai Chicken, Roasted Garlic Chicken, and Santa Fe Chicken.

Chicken is great, don’t get me wrong, but where is the steak? The only one happens to be the Carne Asada. My brother ordered it, and it came with this eensy weensy bit of decent beef on each slice, which totaled about ten, teaching a lesson to never trust the pictures (see below). Luckily, I went on a hunch and ordered the Works, which had more meat, albeit in non-Kosher pork products like sausage and pepperoni.

Carne Asada Pizza. Photo from CPK.

Finally, there is the size/cost ratio. Size does matter. Smaller does not equal better, especially when you’re charging twelve dollars per plate of pizza. At Costco’s, I can get a Supreme Pizza big enough to feed a family. There may not be any exotic toppings, nor beef, but then I still have a dollar or two left to spend on some beef jerky.

So while CPK might make good food, its pizzas are priced and sized like gourmet foods, which they are not (who ever heard of a gourmet pizza?). On a side note, its pastas are like its pizzas. I once bought a dish of Four Cheese Ravioli. No matter how fine the cheese or how perfect the pasta, the four or five meager raviolis that arrived were not worth the ten bucks I paid for it.

4 Cheese Ravioli. Photo from CPK.

Fine, maybe there were even seven, like in the picture. Still not worth it.

P.S.: Whoever buys the veggie pizzas deserves to be ripped off.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yeena(:  |  January 14, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    GO ON MONDAY! COLOR GUARD FUNDRAISER!! šŸ˜€

    you should see their BLT pizza. it’s literally a salad on top of the crust..

    Reply
  • 2. blank  |  January 15, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-364951/Gordon-bleu-Its-Ramsays-100-pizza.html
    Checkit

    creativity is thought which is more money

    Reply
  • 3. Redundancy is not a virtue  |  January 15, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Beef does not deserve to be on pizza, unless you are talking about ground beef. Steak is hard to cut on a pizza.

    For my pizza, i like to stick to the classics, like the one made in naples. Thin crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil. No meat, no complaints, pure delicious.

    WHY DO YOU HAVE A POST SCRIPT WHEN YOU ARE TYPING??? POST SCRIPTS ARE SO REDUNDANT ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ON A WORD PROCESSOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

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