CPK Cofounder Launches Roman-Type Pizzeria in L.A.

What occurs when the Romans invade Southern California? Pizza lovers are discovering out as ROCA Pizza opens for enterprise this week within the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Rick Rosenfield, the cofounder of California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), and his spouse/companion Esther have opened the Roman-style pizza store after operating it as a pop-up since 2021. In accordance with the pizzeria’s web site, the Rosenfields “turned enamored” with Roman road meals on a trip journey to the legendary Italian metropolis.

“At CPK, we all the time stated that pizza is a canvas you possibly can paint on, and now Roman-style pizza creates the proper canvas for immediately as a result of its distinctive crust permits it to retain its high quality once you reheat it at dwelling,” Rick Rosenfield states on the web site.

Rick and Esther met on an airplane—Rick was a passenger, an legal professional on the time, and Esther was a flight attendant. After they married, Rick went on to launch California Pizza Kitchen along with his legislation companion, Larry Flax, and left the legislation observe.

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At ROCA, pies are served by the reduce, the half pan (4 slices) or the total pan (eight slices), and clients can view all of their choices in a glass show case earlier than selecting what they wish to order.

The menu “displays the tastes emblematic of one of the best of Rome and Italy mixed with the California-inspired creativity, sourcing and cultural variety,” the web site states.

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It contains objects just like the Amatriciana (guanciale, pecorino Romano, mozzarella and a pink sauce); the Asparagus & Goat Cheese (asparagus purée, asparagus spears, goat cheese, mozz, pink onions and mint); the Eggplant & Kalamata Olive Tapenade (eggplant, caramelized onions, roasted cherry tomatoes, kalamata olive tapenade and Italian parsley); and the Thai Hen (Thai peanut sauce, natural hen, mozz, inexperienced onions, carrots and cilantro).