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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

International Pizza Festival @ Californina Pizza Kicthen, Chennai Till 19 October

For me toppings of pizza must be full of veggies, herbs and non veg items wherever possible. So whenever I visit any pizza outlet I am sure of the regular convention of above. However, this time when I was invited to taste the International Festival Pizza Carnival @ California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), Phoenix Mall, Chennai, I was pleasantly surprised with the new variation of the pizza toppings offered to us by their team. 

 I like the fact that they often keep coming up with various festivals to beat the boredom and offer something new for their regular visitors. They started the festival last month i.e 18 Sep and will be till 19 October. I and another blogger friend Aarti decided to meet over new range of pizza.

Have been there at numerous occasions as after shopping at Phoenix we go to CPK for a quick bite.As soon as I had entered Chef Anton Madhan introduced himself who has joined CPK just a while ago. He explained us that all together they have introduced 9 Pizzas which are topped with signatures dishes from the different countries. Out of these 5 were vegetarian and remaining were non-veg toppings. We requested the chef if it is possible to bring the portions in limited numbers as none of us wanted to waste much. He said he can customize all veggie options in one pizza with different flavours and same with the non veg option. 

I ordered a Mocktail called Mango Mint Ecstasy which was refreshing and I love the mint flavour anyways.
First came Kasundi Panner Pizza. Never did I imagine that Indian Mustard Sauce (we Bengalis are anyway die hard fan of it) called as kasundi garnished with Indian spices and layered with mozzarella would taste so delicious. 

 For that matter, even a Southwest Burrito Pizza {Mexico: grilled onion, cottage cheese, roasted chills, mozaralla and other cheddar cheese} would taste so awesome!  

Along with that came Beijing Style Veg Pizza {Soya and Garlic flavoured Mushrooms with Babycorn, bellpeppers and teamed up with fiery Schezwan  sauce on a tradition crust with Mozarella and Cheddar cheese}. It was spicy so I loved it but my friend couldn't eat more. 

And then there was the Capriciossa Pizza {Thin crispy crust with Italian Pormodoro and mozzarella cheese and then topped with artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and fresh sliced mushroom garnished with hand torn basil} also Brussels pizza {Belgium- pesto marinana, , sun dried tomato, saute spinach, sliced mushroom, Mozarella & parmesan cheese and olives on a thin bubbly crust}. I loved all but especially liked Beijing Style and Kasundi Paneer Pizza.

The Fish & Chips Pizza [United Kingdom - Thin crispy crust loaded with CPK tartare sauce, onion rings,mozzarella cheese, fried fish and capers, finished with lime cream sauce and served with a good portion of crispy spiced fries] was the best. I ate full portion of it !
 Rookwurst Pizza { Holland: traditional crust topped with marainara along with sliced onion, pork salami, smoky bratwurst sausage and hearty sprinkling of Dutch Gouda cheese and herbs]

The Sauerbraten Pizza {Germany: Traditional sauerkraut, shredded chicken, sliced onion on a regular crust with mozzarella cheese baked to a crisp golden crust topped with German potato salad] which I found somewhat bland. Apart from these, there were two more-Cheeseburger Pizza {USA Chunky chicken burger with caramalized onions and crushed black pepper , with a good drizzle of their secret sauce, Mozzarella & cheddar cheese} Rookwurst Pizza  {Holland: traditional crust topped with marainara along with sliced onion, pork salami, smoky bratwurst sausage and hearty sprinkling of Dutch Gouda cheese and herbs}

If you are in CPK and walk away without having dessert then I'd consider it's a crime :-D wasn't able to decide between Red Velvet cake or Chocolate Banana cake. Chocolate -Banana cake won. And my friend Aarti settled down for White Chocolate- Strawberry Cake with Oreo crust. Overall had a wonderful time tasting different flavours from all over world. A must visit for Pizza lovers if you value good taste and great dining experience.

Location: Phoneix Market City, GroundFloor, Velachery, Chennai
Festival till 19 October, 2014
Phone no.: 044-65108888

PS : The above opinion is entirely mine and have tried to review with an objective frame of mind.The other dishes in the menu was not tasted by me so I reserve my views for another day. 


  1. bookmarked dear i love pizzas.. shall try this version soon Meat Lovers Month this is the event i am hosting.. glad if you participate too :)

  2. All the pizza toppings sound so delicious, have to check whether they have this festival going on in Bangalore too..


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