How to Reheat Pizza

You have some leftover pizza in the fridge and you want to heat it up just right. You don't want to risk burning it and you don't like the texture after a few minutes in the microwave - so what do you do? Well, you made a smart move coming to the Streets of New York blog to learn how to reheat pizza, we know the tricks to make that P'za sing!

How to Reheat Pizza

First, let's dispel the notion that you can't reheat pizza. In fact, there are a few different ways depending on what you have available in your kitchen to get your pie just right the next day. Here are a couple of our preferred pizza reheating techniques.

Cast-Iron Skills

This is one of our favorite ways to reheat your day-old slices. Grab a cast-iron skillet (a stainless steel skillet will work too but you can't beat cast-iron). Set your stove to medium and let's get heatin'!

cast iron reheating pizza

Reheating your pizza on the stove like this is great, especially when you only have a few slices, or don't want to take the time to preheat your oven. You will get a crispy crust from the skillet.  Another trick is to add a spritz of water on the bottom and cover to create a little steam action. This ensures the cheese and toppings properly reheat thoroughly without drying out.

1. Heat the skillet over medium heat - remember cast iron takes time to heat up, so let it!

2. Add the slices to the skillet and let cook for a couple of minutes.

3. On the side of your skillet, not directly on the pizza, add a few drops of water and cover the skillet!

4. Let cook for a few more minutes until the cheese is melty.

Now, what if you have the time or a large amount of pizza to reheat? Then it's time to crack that oven open and get to work!

Oven Time!

Using the oven is going to get you the best-reheated pizza of all the choices. Most people don't want to take the time, but if you have the patience and the pie, you can have some pizza that tastes almost as perfect as it did when it was delivered!  

1. Preheat your oven to 350°

2. Put the pizza on some foil and place it directly on the oven rack.

3. Bake for ~10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Boom. That's the basics. Take the pizza out and enjoy a perfectly reheated slice. Now, if you want to be more specific and prefer a softer or crispier crust, you can fine-tune this method to get the result you want. Here's how to reheat pizza for crispier or softer crusts. For the most part, it's the same but with a few crucial differences so pay attention!

For Crispier Crust:

1. Put a sheet pan in the oven and preheat to 350° 

2. Put the pizza on the warmed up sheet pan.

3. Bake for ~10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

For Softer Crust:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°

2. Put the pizza on an unheated sheet pan and into the oven.

3. Bake for ~10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Reheating a Single Slice

If you only need to reheat a single slice, use the cast-iron method above, or if you have access to a toaster oven get that bad boy warmed up! A toaster oven is a perfect way to quickly reheat single slices. You will still want to turn it up to about 350° but thanks to the smaller space you can reheat it in 3 - 4 minutes.

 Remember, when it comes to reheating pizza, the only right way is the way you like it. So get in there and test all the options! Bake it longer for crispier results, try using the toaster oven, a pizza stone in the oven, follow your bliss and enjoy that pizza!

If you're going to be testing a lot of reheating techniques - you'll probably need to make sure you're stocked on pizza. Contact Streets of New York and place a pizza delivery order and enjoy some authentic East Coast flavor.

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