[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith gluten-free and vegetable-based diets on the rise, restaurants across the country have had to face changing demographics and adjust their menus accordingly. For gluten-free folks, one of the hardest things to give up is pizza, as gluten-free options are few and far between, largely relegated to specialty restaurants and adventurous home chefs.
That may change soon thanks to California Pizza Kitchen, which debuted on Monday its latest innovation: a new cauliflower-based pizza crust, Pizza Marketplace reports. Gluten-free and lower-carb than CPK's classic hand-tossed dough, the new cauliflower crust debuted at three CPK locations in its eponymous home state -- Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Rainbow Harbor -- and chain will phase in the cauliflower crust to its menus nationwide in 2018.
"Cauliflower has proven itself to be this amazing powerhouse ingredient -- it's healthful, it's extremely versatile, and best of all, it's delicious," said Brian Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Culinary Innovation. "As cauliflower's popularity continues to soar, alongside a demand for vegetable-centric meal options on the whole, we were inspired to put our creative California twist to the trend."
When it makes its way to your local CPK menu, you can order the new cauliflower crust with any pie for an additional $2.50.