Guess What? You've Been Reheating Your Pizza All Wrong (Spoiler: Ditch the Microwave and Oven)

Guess What? You've Been Reheating Your Pizza All Wrong (Spoiler: Ditch the Microwave and Oven)

For crisp, gooey pizza, use this reheating technique.

By Maggie Shi

Leftover pizza is one of life's greatest joys. There's nothing better than pouring yourself a glass of wine, grabbing a next-day slice from the fridge and zapping it in the microwave or popping it in the oven, and settling onto the couch for some quality TV time.

But sadly, that leftover reheated pizza is never as tasty as a fresh pie from your favorite takeout spot. It's a little too rubbery, or the crust is kinda soggy, or it gets dried out. It's good—hey, it's still pizza—but it's not, you know, great.

News flash: The best way to reheat pizza isn't actually in the microwave or oven. Instead, you should be reheating your slice in a pan on the stovetop for a perfectly crisp crust, warm sauce, and gooey, melty cheese.

Roberta's Pizza in Brooklyn—considered one of the top pizza joints in New York City— illustrated the technique on its take-out menu, and a Reddit user helpfully posted the diagram, as reported by TODAY. Roberta's foolproof method? Place the pizza in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat for about two minutes, then add a couple drops of water to the pan. Lower the heat, cover the pan, and cook for about a minute for a perfectly reheated slice.

TODAY tested the method and confirmed that it results in superior reheated pizza. Give it a try, and make your leftover-pizza-and-chill nights that much better.

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