To be honest, I was planning to dine at Maggiano's being a fan of all foods Italian, but the wait was an hour. Walked next door to the California Pizza Kitchen, saw a good number of people there but not a crowd, and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, and would return there in the future for a satisfying dinner. The decor is minimalist not posh, but clean lines and openess gives it a modern feel. We were seated immediately in a booth from which we could observe just about everyone and everything in the restaurant. We could watch the young men firing up hearth-baked pizza right in front of us. But this was not the pizza I was used to, definitely not Italian style although there are some Italian dishes/pizza on the menu. More about that later. Our server was prompt and pleasant and our first taste was from what they bill as "small plates". That's an understatement...I couldn't believe how small it was (maybe that's so Californians can maintain their svelt figures?) but my pick called Spicy Chicken Tinga Quesadilla was delicious! I could have eaten another! Next we had the carmelized peach salad. The warmth of the peaches against the other chilled ingredients made this a satisfying salad. Then the main event, the pizza! We order the Barbecue/Chicken Pizza with a honey wheat, wholegrain crust. Loved it! So much so, we ordered a different variety, a crispy, thin crust Margherita pizza to go. Dinner didn't cost an arm and a leg, and all the food was fresh and tasty. The menu is online if you are interested.
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