If you’re ordering pizza, chances are, you’re getting a lot. If you’re ordering Cortina Pizza obviously you’re gonna order a whole bunch of delicious pizza. So undoubtedly, there will be leftovers. Now I’m going to be blunt; you’re all eating leftover pizza WRONG! But that’s okay because today, I’m gonna tell you exactly how to eat that leftover pizza the right way.
Far too often the idea of leftover pizza is met with disgust. That’s because far too many people completely ignore the most crucial part...packing it up for the night. People often just throw all the extra pieces on a plate, or even just leave it in the box and throw the box in the fridge for the night. Please don’t do this. It’s uncouth and embarrassing. The correct way to package leftover pizza goes as follows...
Allow the pizza to completely cool, don't put it in the fridge still warm, let it get to room temperature before touching it. Now, place 1 or 2 pieces on a plate without overlapping each other. Now cover this layer in a piece of parchment paper and lay 1 or 2 more pieces on top. You may continue adding layers after this but always separate the slices with parchment paper, don’t let them rest atop one another. After you have your whole group of pizza on the plate, tightly wrap it in saran wrap and safely store it in the ol’ refrigerator. This is the best method for keeping leftover pizza. Do not be lazy about it or your leftover pizza will not be good. I promise.
For reheating your pizza, I’ve gotta let you in on a little secret. The secret is...that the microwave sucks. Do not reheat the pizza in a microwave, it basically completely reconstructs the chemical makeup of the pizza, and it is no longer pizza (This isn’t a fact, this is hyperbole). The best methods by far are a toaster oven or just a pan on the stove. Now the toaster oven is the better option here as it preserves the texture of the crust the flavor of the toppings and will actually melt the cheese without turning into rubber! Not to mention it is much easier than warming it up in a pan. If you’re going to take the route of the skillet heated pizza, this is very simple. You must keep the heat of the stove medium to low, so it will take a little bit longer and you will have to monitor your pizza, and ideally put a lid on the skillet as well to keep all the heat in and melt your cheese much more effectively. Be careful of moisture collecting upon the lid of the pan because you don’t want a wet pizza. Also, make sure that the bottom of the pizza isn’t heating too fast...we want nice, even heating of the pizza.
If you’ve done everything correctly, your day-after pizza will taste no different than it did the moment it was conceived (shocking imagery, I know). Now you have to be careful with the information I’ve given you today. Because moving forward, you will be quite literally craving day old pizza, and I don’t want to be the one responsible for sparking a new addiction.
That’s it for me today, signing off once again, this has been ‘A person of taste’. Remember, the microwave is never your friend.