Tall and thick crust of pizza dough cradling multiple layers of meat, sausages, tomato-based sauce, and loads of cheese – the big, fat Chicago style deep-dish pizza is in a league of its own. Originated in the windy city at a place called Pizzeira Uno in 1943, deep-dish pizzas are big and heavy. Therefore, unless you are with quite many people, it’s likely you won’t be able to complete the whole pie and will need a to-go box. This is an excitingly delicious prospect for true pizza lovers. However, many people find reheating a deep-dish pizza a confounding, and even a bit daunting, task. Not anymore, though! To help all those confused souls struggling to figure out how to reheat Chicago style pizza, here are some tried and tested methods and tips. Follow them to avoid turning your deep-dish pizza into a soggy mess after reheating.
Different Ways to Reheat Chicago Style Pizza
Here are different methods to properly reheat a deep-dish pizza:
The Best Way – In a Skillet
While this is the best way to reheat a Chicago Style Pizza, it will take you a long time if you’ve plenty of leftover pizza. In that case, you may be better off with the second method, i.e., in an oven.
Want to know how to reheat Chicago style pizza in a skillet? It’s pretty simple!
- Take a non-stick or cast-iron skillet, grease it with oil, and heat it on medium-high heat.
- Once the skillet is hot, reduce the heat to medium and add pizza slices, as many as the pan can easily accommodate (do not overcrowd the pan).
- Cover the skillet and let the pizza cook for about 4 to 6 minutes or until it is heated through. Dig in!
Runner-Up – In an Oven
The Best Method When You Have a Lot of Leftover Pizza
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and grease it lightly with oil
- Place the leftover pizza on the prepared baking sheet, mist it with a little amount of water, and cover loosely with foil.
- Cook the covered pizza in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Third Option – In a Toaster Oven
Ideal for Students Living in Dorms
Just because you are a student living in a dorm doesn’t mean you have to eat a soggy mess of deep-dish pizza reheated in a microwave. Use a toaster oven!
All you have to do is to set the toaster oven on medium and reheat the pizza for 1 to 2 cycles.
No matter which of these options you choose to reheat your leftover Chicago Style Pizza, just don’t reheat it in a microwave oven. It’s better to eat cold pizza than eating one reheated in a microwave. Pizza aficionados consider it a crime to reheat pizza in a microwave. Also, never reheat pizza in its box. It’s a safety hazard!