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Gluten-free Pizza Coming to California Pizza Kitchen

Gluten Free Works Jennifer Harris

[Editor’s Note: California Pizza Kitchen introduced gluten-free crusts but pulled the product due to cross contamination.  Updated August 3, 2012]

gluten free california pizza kitchenYes, you read that title right.  California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) will add gluten-free crust to its June 29th new menu roll out. The chain already has a gluten-free menu, but it has not included pizza until now.

“The new menu will introduce nine new items, as well as a new focus on identifying options for better health and wellness,” said CPK’s co-chief executive Rick Rosenfield.  The new menu will identify the chain’s use of natural chicken, turkey, pork and sausage products, and will add salads with fewer than 600 calories for the full serving.

This Examiner has not been to a California Pizza Kitchen since being diagnosed, so it will be interesting to see how the crust is received.  There is no mention of the pizza crust supplier, or what safe handling procedures will be introduced to ensure the gluten-free pizzas will be prepared without cross contamination.

Because this Examiner works locally at a gluten-free consultant and has been in kitchen’s where pizzas are prepared, it is very important to establish safe handling procedures and to verify the gluten-status of each topping/ingredient used to prepare the pizzas.  It is quite easy to prevent cross contamination in this type of an environment, but all of the staff has to be well trained and committed to providing safe, yummy, gluten-free pizza.

There are four California Pizza Kitchen locations in Georgia: Norcross, Alpharetta, Atlanta and Marietta.  This Examiner will definitely try out the gluten-free crust….what about you?

Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris,
Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA

About Jennifer Harris

Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta Gluten-Free Examiner Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA
  • Denise Morse says:

    Oh my gosh, FINALLY! I have been waiting for this forever. I am so excited to be able to have more gourmet pizza in a restaurant. I hope this gluten free “fad” (according to a lot of people), never ends.

  • Pam Lewellen says:

    I agree, can’t wait to try it, but want to know that it is safe. I am self diagnosed after both my son and mother were diagnosed by doctors. And boy the diet is still hard to accept. People don’t realize until they have to, what we have to give up. Course most of it is bad for the body anyways. I do hope they keep it in a separate area. Spaghetti Factory is same, however they have the famous disclaimer that it could get cross-contaminated. Who would like to run to the bathroom before dinner is even over? It’s a big fear. I also love Trader Joe’s, however a good number of gluten free products are “shared on same equipment with wheat, ect…”. I understand they are protecting themselves, but they would have much more business if they just kept the equipment safe. MapleFoods in Fontana is completely gluten free and uses organic/natural whenever possible. And they deliver. Their cheese powder is yummy. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Jenny says:

    I live in Alabama and we have had the gluten free pizza crust here for a couple months. We have eaten the gluten free pizza about 4 or 5 times now with no problems arising :). It is totally amazing and unlike any other gluten free pizza we have had. The staff was very well trained. From the hostess to tbe waiter to the kitchen. The all knew what I was talking about when I was talking contamination and Celiac Disease

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