My kids and I wanted to give CPK a try since the last time we ate at one was actually in California. The facility was clean and the usual CPK. After we sat down the server was right there to take our drink order. She brought it to us and was taking our order. We notice in very small print on a little card a paragraph that says something to the effect "What our lawyers make us say." It mentions the usual - meats should be thoroughly cooked. Consuming raw meat and fish arer hazardous. It also said to let your server know about any food allergy. Now, this is a pizza place, I really didn't think about my child's allergy, but I asked anyway if there was any peanuts in the Margherita Pizza? The server said, maybe. She said they have a Thai Chicken Roll that has peanuts. I asked if that comes in contact with the pizza. She said, well the chefs wash their hands, but there is a possibility it will. I told her that we could not take that chance and to please bring me the bill for our drinks. She stated again that the chefs wash their hands. After a second time asking for the drink bill, she told me she will get her manager. He came over, and said "Well...we can't be positive that there is no cross contamination." He said, "We are 99% sure that nothing will happen." Having a child with a peanut allergy, I asked for the drink bill again, because I cannot take that 1% chance. He then said not to worry about paying for the drinks. Everyone was very kind, but I guess they do not understand that some people just cannot take the chance. If you decide to go, I have just learned the below warning (and a list of menu items with specific food allergens) on their website. Had I known, we would never have stepped foot into the facility.
Warning: This list is compiled based on information provided to California Pizza Kitchen from food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. CPK’s menu is diverse and contains a wide variety of foods, many of which contain one or more of the eight major allergens: Crustacean shellfish, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, soybeans, tree nuts or wheat. Ingredients or production methods used by our suppliers may change without notice and there may be product differences among regional suppliers. Additionally, normal kitchen operations involve shared cooking and preparation areas and cross-contact with other foods may occur during production, or we may need to substitute ingredients in menu items. We are therefore unable to guarantee that any menu item is completely free from any particular allergen, and we assume no responsibility for guests with food allergies or sensitivities.
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