I often get asked “Pizza Snob, what’s the best way to reheat a leftover slice of great New York-style pizza?” Well, here’s a look at the options:
- Toaster Oven
- Conventional Oven
- None of the Above
The correct answer is “D” since there is never any leftover great New York-style pizza! Unless of course, like me, you purposely over-order to stock some slices up for the future.
Here’s what I do with my leftover slices:
Storage: Keep those babies in the freezer. I use aluminum foil although Mrs. Pie says that’s not really necessary. A larger Tupperware container works well, but you will want to put some wax paper in between the slices so you will be able to separate them easily. Their shelf live in the freezer is a pretty long one. I recently enjoyed some leftover Super Bowl slices from a Five Points Pizza over-order during our March Nashville snow days.
Reheating: Forget the microwave. It will simply suck any life out of your slice making it dry and soggy. I even tried putting a glass of water in the microwave like someone suggested and it still turned out limp.
A lot of folks like the toaster oven because it heats up faster than the conventional oven. However, there is generally only room for a single slice, and without a small pan you are subject to the melting cheese making a royal mess!
So, the Snob prefers to reheat his slices in the conventional oven. I will preheat it to 450 degrees (usually just 350 when I get impatient) laying the slices on a small round pizza pan. This seems to do the trick nicely with 3-4 minutes being the sweet spot.
Here’s a nice crisp and crunchy slice from one of my recent efforts. My only word of caution is that the longer they stay in the freezer, the drier they will be after their resurrection. Nonetheless, buy yourself some good extra pizza today for a pleasant surprise in the future!
You can help the dryness by placing a small bowl of water in the oven to generate a little steam (don’t overdo it). I just toss a few spoon fulls in, maybe 1/8 cup, with the slice which vaporizes immediately. Another reheating technique not mentioned is to use a covered skillet over medium-ish heat. Again, a spoon full of water or two creates steam that not only helps rehydrate the slice but also reheat it from the top too.
Awesome – thank you Chris.