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“Used to be good”

California Pizza Kitchen
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Ranked #333 of 3,305 Restaurants in Phoenix
Cuisines: Italian
Neighbourhood: Desert Ridge
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Neighbourhood: Desert Ridge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

California Pizza Kitchen used to be a hot place to eat. They were known for unusual, delicious pizzas not found anywhere else. Obviously, the rest of the world has caught up to and passed them.....at least in this location. It's located in the huge Desert Ridge Center which is full of fresher, more ambitious choices. To begin, the windows and outside of this location are so poorly lit that it does not even appear to be open. We chose draft beer from a very limited list and a thin crust pizza. The restaurant seemed only about 1/3 full , it was very dark inside and there were only 2 waitresses to serve the bar and all the tables. The pizza arrived OK and it was just OK and we left wondering where the old magic has gone.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 18 March 2021

We stopped here because we were famished after a long flight and everywhere else had a 30+ minute wait. It took awhile for someone to get to us, maybe because we had been sat near the rear, but eventually we were able to order. The chicken picatta was very good, and although the fish tacos were too spicy for my wife i got to try them and they were great as well.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 27 November 2019

This is my first collaborative review with my granddaughter after lunch together. There were four of us each having different lunch duo combination specials. Although it was mostly enjoyable, we do have some complaints: the baked baked potato soup had giant chunks of potato and barely any liquid; the caesar salad choice was sparcely dressed, tossed ahead and was limp. The other combos were ones tried in other locations before and found to be much better. Consistence among restaurants in this chain seems to be a big issue.

Date of visit: November 2019
1  Thank MCBW5875
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Reviewed 16 November 2019

We were here for dinner with another couple. I had the Sicilian pizza. It was good. A little bit of grease . Had a lot of meats on it. It was good. Could not eat all of it.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Thank 315edo
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Reviewed 26 October 2019

The salads are always good. The split pea and barley soup was disappointing . The service was friendly

Date of visit: October 2019
1  Thank Bonnie E
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