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The Best Way to Reheat Pizza

How to Reheat a Slice of Pizza

Leftover pizza required, awesome plate optional. [Photographs: Robyn Lee]

Believe it or not, we end up with a fair amount of leftover pizza at the Slice offices in SE World Headquarters. While I enjoy the occasional cold slice, I usually prefer to warm up my pizza, as do most people.

But how to do this? Pizzerias reheat slices all the time, but their ovens are kept at scorching temperatures all day long. Reheating pizza in the oven or in a toaster oven on the bake setting takes more time than I'm willing to wait for a quick slice, especially since you need to use moderate heat to avoid burning the outside of a slice before the inside warms through. By contrast, toasting, though fast, often fails to heat a slice all the way through, especially if it has a thick crust.

I'm not even going to talk about the soggy mess that is microwaved leftover pizza. So what's my time-tested method? Find out, after the jump.


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After years of extensive research, I've hit on a solution: microwaving and then toasting. Please, restrain yourselves—I already know this is probably the greatest discovery since pasteurization.

By microwaving a slice, you heat it through quickly. By toasting it, you get a crisp crust in less than 5 minutes. If the slice is substantial enough, you can even put it directly on the grates of the toaster oven.

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A quick visit to the microwave heats the slice through...

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... and a brief stay in the toaster oven crisps it to perfection.

We estimate that this post will save Slice'rs approximately 2x10^7 pizza-minutes* per month.

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