While we’re always surprised when Riverside and Forest Park customers have any Salerno’s delivery pizza left after breakfast the day after it was delivered, we know that some people do take their time working their way through leftovers. Which begs the question, how long is delivery pizza good for? If you do everything correctly, refrigerated delivery pizza is good for four days, according to the U.S.D.A. But what if you have a few missteps along the way? Learn more about how long delivery pizza is good for with Salerno’s Pizza!
Like we said, delivery pizza is good for four days before it goes bad if you do everything right. Part of that depends on getting the pizza in the refrigerator or freezer in time before it reaches the temperature and time when food-borne bacteria start to rapidly multiply. Once again, the U.S.D.A. is the expert source, and they say that pizza can sit out for about two hours before it goes bad. While you might not get seriously ill if your pizza sits out longer than two hours, it does become riskier to eat, especially for Berwyn kids, elderly folks, and people with compromised immune systems. Yes, that counts for vegetarian pizza, too, because cheese can harbor bacteria that make people sick.
What if the pizza hasn’t been in the box, but it’s under the two-hour limit? Say you drop a piece on the counter? As long as you’re sure the counter is clean—you wouldn’t hesitate to prepare food on it—you’re fine to put it back in the box. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but the five-second rule isn’t real. If you drop pizza on the floor, throw it away.
If your two hours at room temperature or four days in the refrigerator have expired, you don’t have to throw away your pizza. How long does pizza last in the freezer? If it’s properly wrapped, you can freeze delivery pizza for up to two months before it starts to degrade in quality. It’s still safe to eat, but it won’t be as tasty. Make sure you properly reheat your frozen delivery pizza.
At Salerno’s Pizza, we want all of our customers to safely and happily enjoy our food, from Romeoville to Chicago and every suburb in between. If you have questions about food safety, you can contact us, and we’ll be happy to help!