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Let My People Go... To CPK?

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Passover, the festival of flatbread, is the yearly retelling of the Jewish people’s flight to freedom after being slaves in Egypt. While star trekking through the desert with Moses, there was no time to make bread, so matzoh it was, matzoh it is, and here we are. What does this have to do with pizza? I’m glad you asked.

Matzoh, everyone’s favorite constipator, does not have a ton of what you might call, flavor. So, to spice up the crunchy feast, we Jews have been known to enjoy it with such delicacies as butter and jelly, gefilte fish, and chopped egg soup. And when we’re not busy smashing it to pieces for Matzoh balls or Matzoh brei, we make Matzoh pizza. It’s as American as apple pie.

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is apparently down with the struggle, and giving hungry and observant Jews an alternative to the toaster oven variety. According to Chowhound, many local CPKs offer special, Passover-friendly pizzas, and it seems they are not alone. Jacopos is also on-board the unleavened express with versions of their traditional tomato & cheese, buffalo chicken, fresh mushroom, and “The Lily” (fresh baby spinach, roasted garlic and shallots) pizzas.

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And while Canters currently holds the title for Best Chocolate Dipped Macaroon in the city, I’m willing to wager the afikomen on Clementine’s Passover adaptation. I bet their Haroset is something special too. Check out their complete Passover menu online.

Passover starts tonight with the first Seder at sundown. Where will you go after Bubby's done cooking? If you've got a Passover place that you love, let us know.

After the jump, a handy list of links to help set the mood for Elijah...

Passover time - Holiday schedule.
Passover wine - With all due respect, you don't have to drink Manischewitz.
Passover plate - Mod dishware by Mark Moskovitz.
Passover date - Questionable but kosher.
Passover seder - Find one near you.
Passover hater - The story of plagues, Pharaohs, prophets, slavery, and Charleton Heston.
Passover treat - Best. Grape juice. Ever.
Passover meat - Recipe for brisket, etc.
Passover heathen - Cadbury bunny, highly suspect.
Passover vegan - Why not?
Passover weed - Not kosher.
Passover need - Peace.

Next year, in Las Vegas.

Photo by mzn37 via Flickr