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Reheating leftover pizza... better the 2nd time around?

Am I crazy or is reheated takeout pizza better? Whenever we get takeout pizza, regardless of where we are, the pizza is usually a little too limp in the middle and it makes it more difficult to eat. It's floppy and the cheese slides off in big clumps - it's just difficult to eat. Once in a great while I get a perfectly cooked pizza that doesn't flop at the end of the slice, but its a rare occasion. However, once these slices have been chilled and re-heated in the oven for a couple of minutes, they now have more stability and are not only easier to eat but have a more palatable crust too. It's kind like french fries and how they crisp up better with a 2nd dip in the fryer.

I've had great pizza all over the east coast (NY, Philly, Central PA and in my current city of Charlotte) and the floppy fresh slice is an issue no matter where I go. Are other 'hounds partial to reheated pizza too?

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  1. I totally agree. There's a place that I get takeout from where I specifically order more pizza than necessary so we can reheat it the next day. I've tried to order my pizza well done, too, and it's just not the same.

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    1. re: jessicheese

      Yes, same here. Ordering well done doesn't resolve the issue. Its something to do with the twice baked approach - the bake, rest, bake again.

    2. Wow. I couldn't disagree more. I can eat just about anything as leftovers, EXCEPT pizza. It's just completely unpalatable to me unless it's fresh.

      Different strokes for different folks, I guess! :)

      1. I agree - usually reheat in the toaster oven. We had one pizza place we loved on Long Island, and even that pizza was better the second time around. We also ask for the "well-done" pizzas, but something about reheating gives it that crispy crust. Husband & kids are also fans of the reheat.

        1. i only eat leftover pizza cold or at room temperature.

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          1. re: ScubaSteve

            Scuba!

            Me too!
            Totally agree - reheating it never does it for me!

            I like it cold and room temp btw - but never as much as fresh

          2. I usually solve the limp pizza problem, by putting it in the toaster oven, BUT not baking, I toast it on high setting. Perfect every time.

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            1. re: bagelman01

              I always reheat pizza in my cast iron skillet and then put it under the broiler for about 30 sec's