After the Earth and the iris of a shiny eyed lady, a pizza is perhaps the most beautiful circular object I can think of. I love pizza places, parlors, restaurants and whatever pizza installations one can think of. And at the time of writing of this post, California Pizza Kitchen(CPK) is my favorite Pizza place in India by far. I have been here only a few times so I cannot call myself a regular just yet but I don't see why I won't mind being a regular.
Depending on how you like your setting during dinner, you can choose your favorite half. A pizza party, a family celebration or a friend's night out works better in the first half. A romantic date is better suited in the second half.
The goods are baked in a wood fired oven just like traditional pizza. There is a remarkable difference between Microwaved pizzas and Wood oven pizzas. While microwaves are more efficient and uniform with heating, the wood oven imparts a certain imperfection that actually makes the pizza more flavorsome and traditional. Sometimes, traditional methods provide the flavor that is often lost by technological advances.
All pizzas are made on a thin base which is slimmer than the doughy monstrosities you find at mass market pizza outlets and thicker than wafer thin bases which makes one wonder if this was pizza at all. CPK makes Gourmet pizzas which employ a mix of Californian cuisine and New York style pizzas. The results are absolutely addicting and superior pizzas.
Captain : Now this is how I like me pizzas. All meaty and no greens to spoil the show.
First mate : Great to hear it mate, now if you dont mind - Stop hogging it all alone.
Captain : Can't let yer old Captain have one extra slice?
First Mate : You can't push me around like your other mates, buddy.
reminiscent of the classical pizza experience.
Captain : The pizza was almost like digging a treasure out of the Green monstrosities.
Engineer : Aww I quite like the rocket leaves Captain. :)
Captain : I spared the leaves on one slice just for you lass ^_^
First mate : Get a room you two.
The flavor however comes majorly from the artistic spray of the creamy Alfredo sauce. This is the only part that irks me. One ingredient should never speak for the entire dish. Because that makes me ponder whether I truly liked the pizza or was it just the Alfredo sauce.
Tomato Basil Spaghettini is a mixture of Spaghetti garnished in Parmesan, Italian tomato puree, Basil, garlic and spices. It has a rough appearance due to the addition of Parmesan and spices but the flavor is quite strong and it has a tangy savory flavor to it. The portion size however may feel a bit scroogey.
Captain : This is delicious.
Crewmate : Somehow, I don't believe that cappy.
Captain : Hmm, how can you tell ?
Crewmate : I have my ways ;)
The service at this CPK outlet is excellent. The staff is pleasant, attentive and professional. This is a welcome change from their Malad outlet where the service could be majorly problematic. (I will cover that experience some other day)
The pricing is on the higher side and resembles a fine dine. But the pizzas are mostly worth it. I have not found a cheaper place which can offer me a similar experience.
To wrap this up, I'll shall only say that I will keep visiting this place many more times in the future. The pizzas are too good.
The Captain's Score : 9/10e
"I see that you lads look filled and lively. After all, Pizza is God's own food. Now with your renewed vigor, its time to head out and tame the wild seas again."
California Pizza Kitchen
1st Floor, Skyzone,
High Street Phoenix,
Lower Parel, Mumbai
-I walked in anonymously and paid for my own meals. This post is based off several experiences.-