We’ve been forecasting the rise of the “new pepper” for years now, and California Pizza Kitchen plays into this trend with its Charred Shishito Pepper LTO appetizer. The new small plate flaunts hot bites of charred East Asian shishito peppers—two-bite chilies with erratic levels of heat, which adds excitement to the eating experience. The peppers are pan-sauteed with tamari (a gluten-free soy sauce), garlic and red chili.
Charred Shishito Peppers
Retailer/Chain: California Pizza Kitchen
Segment: Casual-dining restaurant
HQ: Playa Vista, Calif.
Trend: Heat & Spice