USA. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has opened its 12th airport location, at Philadelphia International, in partnership with travel retail and food & beverage specialist Areas and airport retail developer MarketPlace PHL.

Situated in Terminal E adjacent to Gate E12, the restaurant offers California-style hand-tossed pizzas, salads, sandwiches, craft cocktails and a breakfast menu.

California-style pizza is now available at Philadelphia International with the opening of CPK’s 12th airport pizzeria.

In addition to a full-service dining room and bar, CPK also offers a convenient to-go counter.

There are eight varieties of pizza available, and all are made fresh-to-order. The offer ranges from CPK’s Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza, to the new Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, which is exclusive to this location. It features marinated grilled steak with caramelised onions, Cremini mushrooms, shaved poblano peppers, Monterey Jack & American, served with tangy pepperoncini.

The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, one of eight varieties of pizza which are freshly-made to order.

Other menu items include CPK’s Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad and a range of breakfast options. These include the CPK Classic Breakfast Sandwich, with a choice of a housemade chicken sausage patty, applewood smoked ham or Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon with cage-free eggs omelette style, mayo, and melted Cheddar on toasted brioche, served with crispy parmesan potatoes.

CPK, which is present in more than than 250 locations in 13 countries, also offers a full bar featuring hand-crafted cocktails. These include the Ultimate Bloody Mary, made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and the Blueberry Ginger Smash, featuring Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

This is the second such pizzeria operated in partnership with airport franchise partner Areas, following the opening of CPK at Los Angeles International Airport’s Southwest Terminal 1 in July 2016.

Premium wines, craft beers and freshly-made sangrias are also on the drinks list, including Orchard Sangria, a blend of white wine, St. Germain Elderflower, Monin Stone Fruit, orange and cranberry juice.

The Blueberry Ginger Smash cocktail is made up of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Domaine de Canton Ginger, fresh blueberries, lime and cranberry.

California Pizza Kitchen CEO and President Jim Hyatt said: “We are very proud to partner with Areas to bring California Pizza Kitchen’s globally-inspired menu to our travelling guests at Philadelphia International Airport.

“Our second location with Areas, and our fifth location in the greater Philadelphia area, we look forward to serving airport guests the same delicious, high quality food and beverages and world-class hospitality that they expect from our traditional locations.”

Non-pizza items on the menu include Crispy Brioche French Toast, which is a cornflake-crusted Brioche topped with seasonal fresh berry compote, vanilla bean yoghurt and powdered sugar.

MarketPlace PHL Vice President and General Manager Mel Hannah, whose company manages 170 shops, restaurants and services at Philadephia International, said: “We are excited about the new addition of California Pizza Kitchen. It is a perfect stop for travellers to enjoy great eating and a full dining room and bar in a first-class high quality environment.”

Areas United States CEO Sergio Rodriguez said: “We are thrilled to grow our partnership with such an exceptional brand as California Pizza Kitchen, and bring this delicious family-friendly and full-service restaurant to our guests at PHL.”

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