California Pizza Kitchen in Arcadia, CA

California Pizza Kitchen is a good place to go if you want pizzas with all sorts of flavors, pastas, salads, or sandwiches!  The service this time around wasn’t that great.  The server neglected to give us bread (which isn’t good but I asked for it anyway), and he took a long time before coming back to take our orders.  He was much better after we got our food.

Grilled Vegetable Salad for $13.99!  This salad has grilled asparagus, Japanese eggplant, zucchini, green onion, and roasted corn served on a bed of Romaine lettuce, fresh avocado, and sun-dried tomatoes all tossed in their homemade Dijon balsamic vinaigrette.  The vegetables disappeared once they were tossed together with the salad, and they were served cold instead of warm.  The dressing for this salad was really good though.  I want to learn how to make it.

Broccoli Sun-Dried Tomato Fusilli for $10.99 (extra charge with meat or cheese)!  It’s fusilli with fresh baby broccoli, garlic, sun-dried and fresh Roma tomatoes, fresh thyme, and Parmesan cheese.  This pasta could’ve used some more olive oil, but I liked how light it was and the flavors of the vegetables and garlic.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza for $13.49!  This pizza is just the original BBQ chicken pizza with pineapple- barbecue sauce, smoked Gouda and Mozzarella cheeses, sliced red onions, BBQ chicken, and fresh cilantro.  The pineapple does add a tangy sweetness to the pizza.

Apple Crisp for $5.29!  This has Granny Smith apples that are slow baked with a crispy brown sugar and butter topping.  It’s served warm, and you have to pay an extra $1.50 for the scoop of Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.  Paying extra for the ice cream is ridiculous because it’s tradition to have vanilla ice cream with an apple crisp.  This was the first time that I’ve tried a dessert from CPK.  The apple crisp was extremely sweet, and I don’t think the ice cream was as sweet as the apple crisp.

For this meal, I ate 1/2 of the pizza, 1/2 of the pasta, 1/4 of the salad, and 7/8 of the apple crisp.  Needless to say, I was really full, and I couldn’t eat more than a small bowl of food for dinner.

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