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California Pizza Kitchen Opens New North County Restaurant


CPK’s first new North County location in 10 years showcases CPK’s new look and expanded menu featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients, inventive main plates, craft cocktails and local brews

Escondido CACalifornia Pizza Kitchen (“CPK”), the authority in creative dining with a California vibe, announced today the opening of a new restaurant in Escondido, Calif. Located inside the Westfield North County Mall at 272 E. Via Rancho Pkwy, the opening marks the first new CPK location in North County San Diego in a decade. Showcasing CPK’s contemporary new look and reimagined menu, CPK Escondido features high-quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients, inventive main plates, hand-tossed artisan pizzas, craft cocktails, local brews and more. The elevated dining experience is part of CPK’s transformational “Next Chapter” initiative coming to CPK locations nationwide.
To celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening, this morning CPK hosted an official ribbon cutting and ceremonial pizza slicing attended by Mayor Sam Abed, city officials and select Chamber of Commerce members.
“With the opening of our new restaurant in Escondido, we are excited to bring California Pizza Kitchen a little closer to home for many of our North County guests,” said G.J. Hart, executive chairman and CEO at California Pizza Kitchen. “This location showcases the latest culinary innovation from CPK, like our new, seasonally inspired main plates and hand-crafted cocktails and sangrias, all served in a creative California setting. We look forward to welcoming in the Escondido community to relax and dine with us, just in time for the holidays.”
Alongside classics like the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, salads and pastas, highlights of CPK Escondido’s menu include:

  • Fire-Grilled Ribeye: cooked with house-made pinot noir sea salt, topped with creamy bleu cheese butter and served with roasted fingerling potatoes and lemon-garlic wild arugula salad
  • Hearth-Roasted Halibut: wild caught from Alaska and roasted on a cedar plank with butternut squash farro, grilled asparagus and baby kale
  • Roasted Garlic Chicken with Seasonal Vegetables: a crispy-skin chicken breast in lemon-garlic sauce, with a medley of the season’s freshest vegetables
  • Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower: fresh cauliflower florets fried to a golden brown with buttermilk batter, tossed in house-made Sriracha buffalo sauce and topped with a salad of celery, Gorgonzola and cilantro
  • Rotating, featured seasonal dishes, hand-tossed pizzas and more

For those with specific dietary needs, CPK also has options that are under 650 calories, vegetarian and/or gluten-free. Allergen information is also provided to those with food sensitivities. For the complete menu, visit

Craft cocktails, premium wines and local brews

CPK’s new hand-crafted cocktails feature premium spirits with fresh fruit purées and herbs, like the Blueberry Ginger Smash, made with fresh muddled blueberries, lime and cranberry along with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Domaine de Canton Ginger, and the fresh and creative Beehive Sangria, a sweet blend of white wine, Cointreau, Monin Lavender, strawberry purée, honey and lemon.
CPK Escondido also features a selection of premium California wines and favorite local beers from Ballast Point, Belching Beaver, Green Flash and St. Archer.

Modern new look, with natural and sustainable elements

CPK Escondido’s creative indoor-outdoor space offers an upscale yet relaxed environment to dine and unwind. The approximately 7,200 sq. foot restaurant features an open kitchen centered around the open-hearth pizza oven where guests can watch their meals prepared from scratch, outdoor patio seating as well as a standalone bar inside the mall. Natural elements like reclaimed wood seating, a fresh herb garden, colorful décor and artwork of local landmarks add to the restaurant’s modern design and neighborhood feel.

Picking up the pace with new Lunch Duos

For a quick and satisfying lunch, CPK Escondido offers Lunch Duos, where guests can pair lunch-sized versions of a favorite pizza or sandwich and a soup or salad. Lunch Duos give guests a great value, with more than 80 fresh, made-to-order options to mix, match and enjoy in the middle of their time-challenged days.

Satisfaction guaranteed

The new CPK menu encourages diners to seek unique and seasonal flavor combinations and offers a Menu Adventure Guarantee: If a guest tries a new dish and is not satisfied, it will be replaced with his or her favorite item from the CPK menu.

CPKids parties

CPK offers a special program that allows kids to play chef and make their own pizza from the freshest ingredients, while getting creative and learning about food along the way. Perfect for birthday parties, CPKids parties include a VIP-style behind-the-counter restaurant tour, a meal and dessert from the award-winning CPKids menu, souvenirs and a certificate for a free CPKids Meal for each child’s next visit.

About California Pizza Kitchen

In 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its first restaurant in Beverly Hills and introduced diners to innovative California-style pizza. Since then, CPK has become a global brand known for creative California cuisine. Today, CPK is approaching 300 restaurants in 16 countries. Dedicated to a unique dining experience, CPK is now introducing its Next Chapter featuring reimagined menus, open kitchens, and unique renovations in all restaurants across the country. For more information on California Pizza Kitchen, visit
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