Since trading in their courtrooms for dining rooms in 1985, former federal prosecutors Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield have created one of the most popular, casual, full-service restaurant chains in the country. Friends and law partners for more than 30 years, they set out to expand culinary horizons, with hearth-baked pizzas topped with everyone’s favorites.
While traditionalists enjoy CPK’s Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Pizza and thin-crust Sicilian pizza, the menu is more exciting than ever. The Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza is back by popular demand, joined by some new creations: Baja Fish Tacos, with sautéed, wild-caught mahi mahi, fresh shredded cabbage, and homemade ranchito sauce; Sonora Egg Rolls, grilled lime chicken, roasted corn and black bean salsa, two cheeses, chiles, and green onions, wrapped in a crispy wonton roll; Asparagus and Spinach Spaghettini; and Pesto Cream Penne Pasta.
In their third cookbook, California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook, co-founders and co-CEOs Flax and Rosenfield show families how to prepare pizzas, kids’ favorites, and other CPK specialties from the comfort of their own kitchens. These crowd-pleasing recipes bring the CPK experience home. One hundred percent of all cookbook royalties are distributed to children’s charities across the country.
CPK has something for everyone, starting with great food at moderate prices, served by an expert staff. Vegetarians and health-conscious patrons can choose meatless, cheese-less pizzas and gluten-free crusts. Dishes are created with natural chicken, turkey, pepperoni, salami, Italian sausage, and Canadian bacon. And CPK sources the freshest premium vegetables and herbs.
The award-winning CPKids menu features child-size pizzas, pastas, and desserts.
Want your pizza without cheese? No problem. Without chicken? That’s fine too. Just bring an appetite. CPK was voted “Best Pizza in the Desert” in a Palm Springs Life reader’s choice poll and named No. 1 Most Recommended Casual Dining Chain Restaurant by Zocalo Group and MARC Research. The Palm Springs and Palm Desert restaurants open at 11 a.m. All menu items are available for dine in and takeout. Both locations offer online ordering at www.cpk.com and CPK’s Curbside Service; have the restaurant deliver your order right to your car.
• 73080 El Paseo Collection, Palm Desert, California 92260
• 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262
By Catherine Rips