California Pizza Kitchen, located at 150 Andover Park West in Tukwila, opened in mid-February 2008. It serves up a hearty lunch and dinner menu that features a signature honey-wheat pizza dough.

As you enter the double glass doors you’re surrounded by natural stone work, wood blinds, suspended lamps and sunny art deco-style decor. The half round kitchen to the left sparkles with chrome and bright lights. Hand paintings of eggplant, artichoke and other produce on the tops of take out pizza boxes serve as trendy 3D art in clear Lucite boxes on the perimeter walls.

There is nice variety in seating arrangements including square expandable tables, corner round booths and interior square step up booths.

A popular appetizer is the Singapore Shrimp Rolls with shrimp, baby broccoli, soy glazed Shiitake mushrooms, Romaine, carrots, noodles, bean sprouts, green onion and cilantro wrapped in rice paper, served chilled with a sesame-ginger dipping sauce and Szechuan slaw.

One favorite entree is the Wild Mushroom Pizza. This dish features Cremini, Shiitake, Portobello and white mushrooms, Fontina and Mozzarella cheeses and a wild mushroom walnut pesto and is garnished with chopped Italian parsley.

Mushroom lovers also enjoy the Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage which includes fresh mushroom, pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage, Mozzarella cheese and a restaurant tomato sauce.

Over ten types of pasta grace the menu including Grilled Sausage & Pepper Penne (large penne with slices of grilled spicy Italian sausage, mild onions, red and yellow peppers and Parmesan cheese in a special marinara sauce) and Jambalaya Pasta (blackened chicken and shrimp in spicy Jambalaya sauce with crawfish, Andouille sausage and Tasso ham served on linguini fini and topped with fresh green onions.

The desserts are tasty and sized to share. The Red Velvet Cake and Caramel Fudge Pecan Cheesecakes are smooth and rich finishes to a great meal.

While the restaurant is a bit noisy during the lunch hour, it is a great dinner date venue as it is relaxed and upbeat.

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