Kari Steele

Kari Steele

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The Trick to Making Every Delivery Pizza Taste Better

We all know that, as a method for transporting pizza, cardboard boxes are horrible. If your pie’s got to travel for more than 20 minutes to reach its destination, then you’re likely to find out just how soggy those slices can get.

When you place a hot pizza in a closed box, the steam creates moisture that gets trapped inside, resulting in wet, disappointing slices.

But there’s a little tip I learned as a pizzamaker that’ll help ensure the structural integrity of your pie—it all comes down to how you order it.

The best way to order pizza

Whenever you order a pizza for pickup or delivery, and you know it’ll be traveling for 20 minutes or longer before you eat it, specify that you want the pizza uncut.

As soon as the slicer hits your pizza, that pie is on borrowed time. All of the delicious sauce and cheese on top of a pizza contains moisture, and when the pizza is sliced, that moisture sinks down into the cuts and seeps underneath the bottom crust.

The oil and sauce beneath the pizza will turn the once crisp bottom into a floppy mess.

Couple that with the steam generated by the hot pie in transit and it’s pretty much game over.

By ordering the pizza uncut, you can remove at least one of the factors that contribute to sogginess. 

Some fast food pizza chains allow you to order uncut pies via their mobile apps or online; I’ve noticed Domino’s and Papa Johns both offer this option.

Otherwise, you can request for the pizza to arrive uncut in the special instructions box of the online order form, or if you’re old-fashioned like me, you can make this

request by ordering over the phone.

Take-out Pizza Delivery Man at Customer's Door

Photo: Getty Images

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