California Pizza Kitchen expands menu with piadinas and bowls
Ancho Chile Short Rib Piadina

California Pizza Kitchen expands menu with piadinas and bowls

Casual dining chain also rolls out seasonal items

California Pizza Kitchen has expanded its menu with seven dishes that had previously been tested as limited time offers or regional specials.

“These new fan-favorites received tremendous guest feedback, and now we’re proud to offer them to our guests nationwide as part of our permanent menu,” CPK senior vice president of culinary innovation Brian Sullivan said in a press release.

The new items are two piadinas — folded sandwiches in pizza dough — two grain bowls, a soup and two cocktails:

Ancho Chile Short Rib Piadina: Short rib, wild arugula, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and sauce of crushed tomatoes in folded pizza crust, $13.45
Smashed Chicken Meatball Piadina: Chicken meatballs, wilted baby kale, gremolata, Parmesan mustard aïoli and sauce of crushed tomatoes in folded pizza crust, $13.45
Banh Mi Power Bowl: Quinoa, baby kale, cilantro and mint topped with grilled chicken, watermelon radish, avocado, cucumber, carrot, bean sprouts, scallions and sesame seeds with chile-lime vinaigrette and serrano peppers, $14.99
Santa Fe Power Bowl: Cilantro farro and spinach topped with lime chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, red cabbage, avocado, poblano peppers and toasted pumpkin seeds with poblano ranch dressing, $14.99
Tomato Basil Bisque: Tomato bisque with cream topped with garlic butter croutons, $5.99 for a cup, $7.99 for a bowl
Cha Cha Agua Fresca: Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila, Cazadores Reposado Tequila, cucumber, pineapple juice and agave sour mix, $8.99
Whiskey Cider Press: Maker’s Mark Bourbon, apple cider, lemonade, ginger and spiced tart cherries, $7.99 

Additionally, the 209-unit chain has introduced two entrées, three drinks and a dessert that are available for an unspecified limited time:

Chile-Braised Short Ribs & Chipotle Mac ’n’ Cheese: Boneless beef shot ribs braised in Pinot Noir wine and smoked ancho chile served over chipotle mac & cheese with grilled shishito peppers, cilantro and scallions, $21.99
Roasted Garlic Chicken with Seasonal Vegetables: Pan-roasted chicken breast in lemon-garlic sauce with roasted fingerling potatoes, cauliflower, Mediterranean herbs and seasonal vegetables, $19.99
Pumpkin Cheesecake: Cheesecake with pumpkin and autumn spices on a ginger crumb praline crust with whipped cream and praline sauce, $7.29
Blackberry Bramble: Bacardi Limón, ginger beer, Monin blackberry syrup and lemonade topped with blackberries, $8.99
Blackberry Tea Thyme: A non-alcoholic drink of iced tea, lemonade and Monin blackberry syrup shaken with thyme sprigs and blackberries, $3.29
Sparkling Sunset Sangria: M. Chapoutier “Belleruche” Rose, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, agave nectar, lime and sparkling water, $8.99

Prices of all of the items may vary by location, a company representative said.

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Nov. 21, 2017: A typographical error has been corrected, clarifying Brian Sullivan's comments on the new menu.

Nov. 27, 2017: This story has been updated with the correct price for Chile-Braised Short Ribs & Chipotle Mac 'n' Cheese.

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