How to Save and Reheat Pizza: 9 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Save and Reheat Pizza: 9 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Save and Reheat Pizza: 9 Steps (with Pictures)

Who doesn't love a good pizza, even if it's warmed up? If you are one of those people who already buy (or make) pizza thinking about leaving a few pieces for the next morning, this article is for you! If you want it to taste as good as it is fresh out of the oven, check out our tips to heat it up and have a good appetite.


Method 1 of 2: Saving the Pizza

Store and Reheat Pizza Step 1

Step 1. Line a plate or a closed container with paper towels

If you take some care when saving what's left of the pizza, the leftovers will be much tastier and with a texture almost equal to the original. To start, line a plate or jar big enough for a couple of pieces of pizza with paper towels.

  • Yes, we know it's a lot easier to put pizza in the fridge with box and all, but that way it won't taste so good when it's hot. This is because the moisture present in tomato sauce, vegetables and meat will be absorbed by the dough, leaving it superwilted.
  • If you don't have paper towels at home, count on aluminum foil, butter or vegetable.
  • If you need to freeze the pizza, put it in a pot with a lid.

In a hurry?

Allow the pizza to cool at room temperature and pass it piece by piece into ziplock bags. They will dry out a little bit, but they will taste a lot better than if you just refrigerate them anyway.

Store and Reheat Pizza Step 2

Step 2. Stack the pizza pieces, placing a paper towel between each one

Do you need to place one slice on top of the other so that everything fits in the container? No problem! Simply place a piece of paper towel between them to absorb moisture.

If necessary, divide the pizza into more than one jar

Step 3. Cover the dish with plastic wrap or cover the pot

When you have finished piling up all the pizza, close the container, keeping it fresh longer by avoiding contact with air.

If the jar you're using has a lid, just close it. Otherwise, rely on plastic film

Store and Reheat Pizza Step 4

Step 4. Refrigerate the pizza if you are going to eat it within the next five days

Can't stand to see pizza in front of you anymore and want a change of menu? In this case, store the pizza in the freezer to make it last even longer.

If it's been three days and you still haven't eaten the pizza, throw it away or take it to the freezer

Step 5. Keep the pizza fresh for up to six months by storing it in the freezer

This is a good way to preserve it when you know you won't be eating it anytime soon.

  • If you have stored the pizza on a plate, transfer it to a lidded jar before taking it to the freezer, but without removing the paper towel.
  • Before heating the pizza, defrost it at room temperature for about an hour.


when we buy frozen pizza, it lasts up to a year in the freezer. But that happens because it was designed to survive in the freezer, unlike the pizza we buy in the pizzeria, which lasts only six months under these conditions.

Method 2 of 2: Reheating the leftovers

Store and Reheat Pizza Step 6

Step 1. Place the pizza in the oven to make it crispy

Preheat it to 180 °C for about five to ten minutes and, in the meantime, prepare the pizza. Put it in a mold, put it in the oven for about five minutes and that's it! It doesn't matter if you are heating just a piece or the whole pizza, this method is very good, as it melts the cheese and makes the dough very crunchy.

  • If you have a pizza oven, use it for an even better result.
  • To make cleaning easier, line the baking sheet with parchment paper before placing the pizza.


If any of the ingredients look a little shriveled or dry, remove them from the pizza before putting it in the oven.

Step 2. If you want to heat a little pizza, use an electric oven

Preheat it to 200 °C and leave the pizza for about ten minutes or until the cheese melts.

As these ovens are usually small, this technique is most useful when you have little pizza to heat up

Step 3. Heat the pizza in the skillet for a delicious texture

Start by heating the skillet over medium heat and, when it's hot, add a couple of pieces of pizza and cover. Leave them there for less than ten minutes, removing when the cheese is bubbling.

  • It is important to cover the pan so that it distributes the heat better, heating the whole pizza evenly. If you don't have a lid, cover the pan with aluminum foil.
  • If after about eight minutes the pizza topping is hot but the dough is still wilted, heat it a little longer without the lid.

Step 4. Are you in a hurry?

Then, heat up the pizza in the microwave. The dough can end up getting a little hard or chewy, so this is not the best method. But, in a hurry, he breaks a ball! So that the texture doesn't look too bad, place a paper towel between the slices and the plate, leave the microwave on medium power and heat the pizza for a minute.


To prevent the dough from wilting in the microwave, add half a glass of water to heat with the pizza. The idea is that the water absorbs some of the microwaves, causing the pizza to heat up evenly.


If you like, add tomatoes, basil, mushrooms and other vegetables to the pizza before heating it. You can also spice it up with a little olive oil or a fresh cheese


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