Explore Beyond the Crust – California Pizza Kitchen
Special thanks to California Pizza Kitchen for providing lunch last week! It was a wonderful meal to share with my folks when they were in town. Explore Beyond the Crust is the name of their promotion for the new menu and explore beyond is just what we did (notice all of our spoons in hand?)!!
With new menu items like Fire Grilled Ribeye, Hearth Roasted Halibut and Garlic Grilled Chicken, CPK has accomplished that and then some.
We had an outstanding meal! We started off with tasting their flatbreads – we tried two different selections – Shaved Mushrooms & Spinach – fabulous! And Bianco flatbread which is topped with truffle cream, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella and fresh sage – savory and salty – so yummy….mmmmm (my personal favorite!)!
Next up was a light and summery Strawberry Watermelon Feta Salad – I especially enjoyed this salad. The strawberries were so sweet, feta added a salty bite and it was sprinkled with crunchy pistachios – a bright delicious salad!
Then came the entrees – we enjoyed Fish Tacos, Fire-Grilled Ribeye (about a 1 inch thick, generously cut ribeye steak, topped with a Gorgonzola compound butter. The steak was tender, juicy and flavorful!) Next up was Hearth Roasted Halibut (perfectly cooked, the meat was flaky and served on top of a farro butternut squash cream sauce – delicious and beautifully presented), Roasted Garlic Chicken and amazing craft cocktails. When you visit (and I hope you visit soon!) enjoy one of these entrees because they were just outstanding!
Of course because we were at California Pizza Kitchen we had to try their pizza! Did you know CPK’s number one Pizza Tosser in the company works right here in Fresno? He travels thru-out the world (yes the world!) teaching others how to make the best pizza!!! We sampled their signature pizza – The Original BBQ’d Chicken Pizza and also tried the Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage Pizza, outstanding!
For dessert we finished with a yummy Strawberry Shortcake and Butter Cake topped with Häagen-Dazs® Ice Cream – served hot (and pictured on the right above) it was truly the best dessert I believe I’ve ever had – you definitely need to try this! My mouth is watering as I write this just thinking about that yummy meal!
From the moment we walked in the door we were greeted with a friendly smile, ushered to our table quickly, bread was offered immediately and the feast started. Our meal was absolutely delightful and when you go, I suspect you’d feel just the same! I’d like to invite you to Explore Beyond the Crust and visit your local California Pizza Kitchen – tell ’em Deb from Bowl Me Over sent you and make sure you try that Butter Cake – chow! 😀
Our meal was complimentary, however these opinions are 100% my own.