How to Reheat Pizza

Woman taking reheated pizza from microwave

Knowing how to reheat pizza is a key life skill for any shut-in. Cheese presents the biggest challenge to pizza restoration, as it loses fat and water when exposed to high temperatures.

Still, when it comes to restoring your pizza pie as close as possible to its original glory, not all methods are equal. In the guide below, Salerno’s Pizza shows you our favorite methods for how to reheat pizza!

How to Reheat Pizza in an Oven

When it comes to how to reheat pizza, we know of two equally-satisfying oven methods:

How to Reheat Pizza in Oven: On a Hot Tray

  1. Place a baking tray in your oven and set the temperature to 450 degrees. (No pizza yet!)
  2. When the oven finishes preheating, put the pizza slices on the hot tray and return it to the oven.
  3. Bake for five minutes on the middle rack.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool.

How to Reheat Pizza in Oven: On Tin Foil

  1. Place a piece of tin foil directly on your oven rack.
  2. Put the pizza on the foil.
  3. Bake for five minutes at 450 degrees. For a softer crust, try ten minutes at 350 degrees.

How to Reheat Pizza in a Microwave

Unless you like a rubbery pizza crust, heating pizza all the way through in the microwave isn’t a great choice. However, you can absolutely use a microwave-oven combination approach to save time. Here’s how to reheat pizza in a microwave — and crisp it back to life in the oven:

  • Microwave pizza for 30 seconds.
  • Place pizza on a tray, and into a cold oven.
  • Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Take out the pizza when the oven finishes preheating.

Next, we’ll show you our overall favorite method for how to reheat pizza: in a pan. In our opinion, pan-cooking is both time-saving and effective — but only if you get it just right.

How to Reheat Pizza in a Pan

Sure, it sounds simple. You may think you know how to reheat pizza in a pan, but there’s actually a lot that can go wrong here. Done right, reheating pizza this way yields perfectly crispy crust and surprisingly stretchy cheese. But if your pan is too hot, you’ll have a burning, bubbly mess on your hands. Here’s how to reheat pizza in a pan, plus our tips to avoid disaster:

  1. Place the cold pizza on a non-stick pan.
  2. Heat for two minutes over medium-low heat, or until the bottom of the slice is pleasantly crisp. 
  3. Wet your fingers under the faucet, and sprinkle a couple drops of water (less than a teaspoon) into the pan. The water will sizzle as soon as it hits the hot pan, so don’t stand too close.
  4. Cover the pan with a lid so that the evaporating water droplets can rehydrate the cheese.
  5. Turn the heat to low and heat for another minute.

The above method should work perfectly, but be sure that you don’t crank the heat up too high. Be cautious about setting the temperature, especially with thin-crust pizzas that heat through quickly. We also advise using a non-stick pan over a cast-iron pan.

Serving Up Authentic Italian Pizza in Chicagoland

Now that you know how to reheat pizza the proper way, go ahead and order that pizza all for yourself! We’ve also got tips on how to keep pizza warm. At Salerno’s Pizza, we proudly serve up authentic Italian dishes at our four Chicagoland locations. Explore our menu online, and put in your order in minutes. Questions about Salerno’s catering and private dining? Give us a call today.

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