The First Menu Was Developed by the Pizza Chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago from 11 Things You Didn’t Know About California Pizza Kitchen

11 Things You Didn’t Know About California Pizza Kitchen

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The First Menu Was Developed by the Pizza Chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago

Legendary chef Wolfgang Puck introduced “California-style pizza,” topped with ingredients that had never before been seen atop a pizza, like smoked salmon, caviar, zucchini blossoms, and flavored olive oils, to the masses. Puck hired pizza master Ed LaDou to be his pizza chef after sampling LaDou’s creations at a Los Angeles Italian restaurant, and LaDou stayed with Spago for five years. Rosenfeld and Flax hired LaDou to develop the menu when they launched California Pizza Kitchen, and LaDou brought along many of his Spago recipes (as well as the concept of open kitchens and wood-burning ovens).