California Pizza Kitchen today announced the launch of a new line of gluten-free pizzas available at restaurants nationwide through a partnership with the Gluten Intolerance Group.
The four gluten-free pizzas are prepared using strict procedures set forth and approved by the GIG, including a certified gluten-free crust and other ingredients verified by California Pizza Kitchen's suppliers as gluten-free. GIG will also conduct regular site inspections and audits to ensure all guidelines are being met.
"We are excited to expand our product offering to provide delicious and flavorful pizzas to guests who are affected by celiac disease or may suffer from gluten sensitivities," said Brian Sullivan, SVP of Culinary Development for California Pizza Kitchen. "Through this partnership, we can now offer guests the opportunity to dine with confidence and an understanding that we have followed the strict guidelines set forth by the Gluten Intolerance Group."
The four gluten-free pizzas include:
- The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza: With the brand's signature BBQ sauce, smoked Gouda, red onions and cilantro. Nueske's applewood smoked bacon can be added for more flavor.
- Pepperoni: A combination of rustic and spicy pepperoni, fresh Mozzarella and wild oregano. White truffle oil can be added.
- Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage: Cremini mushrooms, rustic pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, torn basil, Mozzarella and wild oregano.
- Margherita: Italian tomatoes with fresh Mozzarella, basil and Parmesan.
The Gluten Free Food Service certification logo, an industry program of GIG, will be displayed on all California Pizza Kitchen menus to indicate the independent verification of food preparation policies, education and standards. Any of California Pizza Kitchen's pizzas may be made on a gluten-free crust for an additional $2, but due to current kitchen space, only the pizzas listed above can be prepared using GIG's certified procedures.
"We look forward to partnering with California Pizza Kitchen as the company is committed to maintaining strict policies to ensure that guests are served quality pizzas that meet our gluten-free guidelines," said Cynthia Kupper, executive director, Gluten Intolerance Group.
California Pizza Kitchen is also testing a new Lunch Duo in 29 restaurants. Guests will be able to choose from any two of California Pizza Kitchen's 7-inch pizzas, California Flatbreads, sandwiches, salads or soups to create their own meal. Guests may take advantage of this promotion between Monday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at participating locations.
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