'hacks' on Serious Eats

Pizza Delivery Hack: How to Get Drivers to Ring the Right Buzzer

This is a super-specific "hack" that applies only to apartment dwellers—and, more specifically, to apartment dwellers in buildings with very few units. Like, with two or three units. Anyway, I have a recurring problem. In my building, it's just me and my landlord. When I order pizza delivery, half the time the driver rings the wrong buzzer. Yeah, when I call I make sure to tell them, "Ring buzzer No. 1. IT'S THE TOP BUTTON." You'd think that would be direction enough, but often it's not. It's not a huge problem at decent hours, but late at night it... More

Here's a Tip: Mediocre Pizza Is Better When You Order It 'Well-Done'

Pizza photograph by The Pizza Review T&R, where I often get my delivery and take-out pies. For the last year, whenever I've ordered a conventional-gas-oven, mediocre-ingredients-laden, decent-crusted plain pie from my local pizzeria of choice, T&R, I have been specifying that my pie be well-done. Why? Because uncooked, gummy pizza dough may be my No. 1 pizza pet peeve (also known as my "PPP"). Nothing ruins a pizza like a bite filled with raw dough. And you know what? Ordering well-done really makes a difference. My last pie from T&R was most excellent. Am I the only pizza lover... More

Paper Cup Lifehack, With Pizza

The break room was out of paper towels at work today. So, to microwave my square slice, I improvised. I grabbed two paper cups, tore them along the seams, and nested them together to form a makeshift cardboard basket. Bonus: The wax lining on the inside prevents melted cheese from sticking.... More

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