My family and I had our first takeout in two and a half months, which is by far the longest I’ve ever gone without ordering in, including when I was growing up. We’ve had takeout twice now this week after starting to feel more comfortable with it and understanding that the chances of catching Covid19 from food are very slim. The most important thing is washing your hands after handling the bag, box or containers your food comes in.

The first place we went to was my favorite pizza place in L.A. – Slice and Pint in El Segundo. I’m happy to report that they did a great job with physical distancing. They have moved the cash register near the front door so everyone stays outside except the person paying. They have hand sanitizer in hand, everyone is required to wear a mask and you can use Apple Pay so you don’t have to touch a credit card machine.

The negative, besides their pizza not being as good as it has been in the past (it’s still good just not great), is that you still need to touch the screen to submit your tip, which is ridiculous since it’s takeout. But I used my “finger condom”, which I featured in my 2020 Father’s Day Travel Gift Guide. It’s a simple finger protector to use for things like credit card machines and elevator buttons.

Speaking of Slice and Pint, their pizza box is hilarious and teaches customers how to reheat pizza properly. I never knew this – but I tried it and it works!

According to their box: The only time you should microwave pizza is during a zombie apocalypse and even then, you should probably just eat it cold.

Alright, now that you’ve kicked your microwave to the curb, you’re ready for the reheating-pizza-at-home master class. Let’s go!

  1. Place non-stick skillet with a lid on a stovetop on low-medium heat.
  2. Once warm, add pizza and replace lid.
  3. Cook for approx. 2 minutes or until cheese bubbles and crust is crispy.
  4. If pan smokes, or crust begins to burn before cheese bubbles, lower heat slightly.
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7 Comments On "How To Reheat Your Pizza Properly"
  1. Bill K.|

    First, don’t knock cold pizza. It’s fast and neater and you’ll beat your housemates to the punch when it’s only a few slices left.

    Second, if you’re going to reheat add fresh toppings. Extra cheese, onions, garlic, etc can turn the one remaining slice into a glorified form you’d never have otherwise.

    Third, don’t do “breakfast pizza.” You know, with an egg on top. No matter how long you cook it, you’ll still be facing runny egg whites. Resist.

  2. Nancy Mueller|

    Well, this solves the soggy crust problem, but then there’s the problem of having to wash a pan afterward. This is a great tip, but I’ll probably eat my leftover pizza cold, or – dare I say it? microwave it!

  3. Rob|

    You forgot to add some olive oil to the skillet!

  4. Julie|

    Slice & Pint pizza is the best, my fave by far. Bummed to hear it’s not as good. Why not as good anymore?

  5. Mister B|

    There is nothing wrong with microwaving leftover pizza. I have one slice almost every day. Whenever I visit Costco, I get a couple of their extra large pizzas. I individually wrap all of the left over slices – which is most of them. Each day, I unwrap a slice and microwave the frozen slice for about 2 minutes. It tastes almost as good as the fresh baked pizza. Callme “NOT A PIZZA SNOB”.

  6. Larry Moran|

    Reheating Pizza has never been a problem for me. Even when I first get it, pick up or delivered. I always add the toppings and sauce that I prefer, and warm slices in a large electric toaster oven.
    I adjust the heat so that the slices are the way I like them. Also, I prefer to add my own toppings like pepperoni, because I know it’s fresh and is a brand that I like. 🍕🤤

  7. Marlene Gottlieb|

    My husband puts a slice of leftover pizza on a piece of tin foil ib a cold oven and sets temp to 350° when the oven dings to notify him that temperature has reached 350° he takes it out and it is perfect

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