CALIFORNIA Pizza Kitchen (CPK) never stops thinking of new ideas to make pizza dining a truly unique and delightful experience for diners, especially for its loyal patrons who are always looking for something new to try.
Just recently, CPK Philippines unveiled its new island concept at the newly opened CPK store in Century City Mall in Makati City. It’s actually a first for the U.S.-headquartered brand, as the Century City Mall store is the first store worldwide to be designed with an island concept.
“We call it an ‘island’ because it’s located in the center of the mall, without walls and yet has our trademark open pizza kitchen with its oven as the center of activity. Mall-goers can see us from all sides and it gives us an opportunity to showcase our food and our service. Our guests will see that this store was carefully planned to optimize the 100-square-meter space of the restaurant, allowing it to have a seating capacity of 80 persons. The design is contemporary and California-inspired. It’s the new look and feel of CPK,” explains Archie Rodriguez, president and CEO of Global Restaurant Concepts Inc., the local partner of CPK.
Every CPK store worldwide has been built with an open kitchen with its oven as the main point of attraction, so that the sight and aroma of freshly baked pizza and other sumptuous dishes are part of the CPK experience. CPK Philippines goes beyond this by introducing the island concept, which now makes mall-goers more exposed to what CPK offers.
To complement this new look, CPK has rolled out a number of new dishes that will be exclusively available to the CPK store at Century City Mall which is located at the Lower Ground Level of the new posh mall.
For appetizers, CPK makes available three variants of dips – Mushroom, Chorizo + Queso, and Four Cheese – served with hearth-baked crostinis. Mushroom (Php195) combines abalone, shiitake and button mushrooms oven-baked with Queso Quesadilla and Parmesan cheese. Chorizo + Queso (Php275) is a rich fresh Mozzarella, Queso Quesadilla and Mozzarella cheese dip topped with Spanish chorizo. Four Cheese (Php175) is hearth-baked fresh Mozzarella, Queso Quesadilla, smoked Gouda and Velveeta cheeses.
Then there is the Green Mango Salad (Php 195) which is made of crisp veggies tossed in toasted coconut and CPK’s very own Philippine vinaigrette and topped with julienned green mango. This salad, Rodriguez believes, is poised to become a hit, as it is a Philippine-inspired salad and will definitely be a curiosity in a California kitchen.
A new pasta dish, Fettuccine with Mushroom Truffle Cream Sauce (Php395), has also been added to the menu. It’s perfectly cooked fettuccine served with a rich and creamy black truffle sauce and shaved button mushrooms.
For pizza, two new flavors are guaranteed to catch diners’ fancy – The Chorizo Pizza and Ocean’s Harvest. The Chorizo Pizza (Php495 for a regular pizza and Php275 for a personal pizza), which has CPK’s Original Hand-tossed dough as its crust, is loaded with chorizo, sautéed red onion, yellow and red bell pepper and mozzarella, as a tribute to the Filipino’s Spanish heritage; while Ocean’s Harvest Pizza (Php645) has a Crispy Thin Crust dough topped with a seafood medley, caramelized onion, red and yellow bell pepper, Mozzarella, fresh Mozzarella and shaved Parmesan cheeses.
Both the Original Hand-tossed and Crispy Thin Crust pizza dough are hand-stretched and authentic and made fresh daily.
For sweet endings, CPK’s new offerings include Pecorino Romano Cheesecake with Raspberry Purée, Red Velvet Sundae and Halo2. Pecorino Romano Cheesecake with Raspberry Purée (Php245) is a combination of cream cheese and Pecorino Romano on a traditional Graham cracker crust served with raspberry puree. Making up the Red Velvet Sundae are red velvet cookies layered with vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge. Halo2 is CPK’s ice cream sundae twist of the classic Halo-Halo with its mix of coconut jelly, sweetened jackfruit, black beans, corn, bananas, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream topped with caramelized walnuts.
CPK has likewise not forgotten to offer new drinks in the form of White Mango Sangria, which is a refreshing blend of Chardonnay and mango juice; and Manila Sunset, CPK’s rich blend of red wine and mango juice. Diners can order them per glass at Php185 or per carafe at Php375.
After the opening of CPK at Century City Mall, next to open – or reopen – is CPK’s store at Shangri-La Plaza which will not be located at the new East Wing of the mall.
(California Pizza Kitchen’s other Philippine stores are located at W Global Center in Bonifacio Global City, TriNoma in Quezon City, Greenbelt 5 in Makati, Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa, The Promenade Mall in Greenhills Shopping Center, Power Plant Mall-Rockwell Center in Makati, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, Eastwood Mall in Quezon City, and Harbor Point Subic.)