Tony Tries It: Reheating Pizza

I love pizza and have fond memories of it.  We have pizza at least once a week.  That means I have leftover pizza at least once a week for lunch.

Until now I’ve had 3 options for reheating leftover pizza:

  1. Don’t.  Eat it cold.  I don’t mind cold pizza especially if it is really saucy.  If my family would let me I’d order all our pizza with extra sauce.
  2. Microwave it.  This is the quickest option but it also yields the least desirable results.  The crust will be soggy and you’re bound to get some hot spots and some that are still just luke warm.
  3. Re-bake it in the oven.  This option will give you the best results but takes a little longer.  The crust will get crispy, especially if you use a pizza stone.

This week I read about another way to reheat a piece of pizza… in a covered pan on the stove.

It sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a try and share the results with you.

The directions were easy: start with a cold pan, put a slice of pizza in it, cover the pan, and heat it on medium for 6 minutes. (Yes, I’m using a Rachael Ray pan.  We’ve had them for a couple years and they’re holding up well.)

Reheating pizza in a pan on the stove

I have to say I was impressed with the results.  The crust came out crispier than when we had it the first time.  I would definitely do this again.

The only downside is you are limited to the number of slices you can reheat based on the size of your pan. The most we could fit in our biggest pan would be 4, maybe 5. (I’m not sure if you’d get the same results more slices and a bigger pan.   I need to investigate this further.)

Have you reheated pizza on the stove?  What were your thoughts?

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