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California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant Review: California Pizza Kitchen’s dining area is bright and cheery with an open kitchen. While the pizza crusts might be crispier, the toppings are creative. Be daring and try one of the more inventive pies, such as the artichoke and spinach combination, pear and Gorgonzola, or the B.L.T. combo --- complete with mayonnaise. The barbecued chicken pizza, in regular and Hawaiian versions, is one of the most popular pizzas on the menu. Non-pizza eaters will also find plenty to choose from, such as the Thai linguine with spicy peanut-ginger sauce, hummus, or smashed pea and barley soup. Salads are generously portioned --- the barbecued chicken salad is just like its pizza namesake minus the crust. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices are also available, along with a children's menu. Desserts, as well as beer, wine and cocktails, round out the menu.