One of America’s largest corporate pizza providers officially came to the Baton Rouge area just a few years ago with the opening of the Perkins Rowe Shopping Center (corner of Bluebonnet/Perkins).
Before its debut, you may have noticed the restaurant’s offerings available via the frozen aisle section at your favorite grocer. However, CPK’s actual presence in the area allows customers to have a fresh take on some of the company’s finest dishes. Among the selections are pizzas (obviously..), soups, salads, pastas and more.
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza: California Pizza Kitchen
I made my highly anticipated return to California Pizza Kitchen (it had been awhile) yesterday when I had a random craving for some barbecue. There’s nothing like the tangy taste of barbecue on pizza crust! I ordered to-go and was pleasantly surprised to receive my meal as soon as I got to the restaurant (curb-side parking by the way!).
The pizza itself is around 10 inches, give or take some. It features onions, chicken and it’s topped with cilantro. However, what makes this dish even more unique is that it has pineapple. The crust and dough itself is just right. It’s not under-cooked or over-cooked either. It’s not covered too heavily in cheese. All the ingredients come together to form a perfect balance. The barbecue sauce is tangy and completely delicious. It meshes together with the crust in an amazing way. The addition of the pineapples adds a uniquely fresh take to a mostly traditionally barbecue-based treat. The cilantro adds an extra kick that makes the entire taste even more special. Now, I know the idea of such a fruit on a pizza isn’t appealing to everyone, but it’s something I think every pizza lover should try at least once.
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