Pizza. It's the one type of carry-out that everyone seems to love. And it's likely become an even bigger comfort food option now that we're all spending more time at home during the Safe at Home mandate.
But before you order up your next pizza for another quarantine-inspired Netflix and chill, here are two big things you can do make your take-out or delivery pizza worlds better.
Cut it yourself
If you’re shaking your head, wondering why on earth cutting a pizza yourself would make a stitch of difference, let me lay it out for you.
- You can do it better. Pizza places (bless their hearts) are notoriously bad at cutting pizza. They’re doing it quickly and a good percentage of the time, their swift cuts never quite make it all the way through the pizza. When you go to take a slice, the bottom rips, toppings slide off, and you end up with a slice of wet, sauce-covered crust. Cut it yourself and you avoid all of this. You also have choices about whether to cut your pizza into squares or traditional slices. You can also make them as large (or small) as you like.
- Your pizza retains more heat during transport. Think about it. Cutting the pizza into slices creates countless little openings where steam escapes from beneath the blanket of cheese, cooling everything down more quickly. Inevitably, all that steam collects inside the pizza bag or box, creating condensation that also contributes to a soggy, flabby pie.
- The crisp crust will thank you. Cutting through the slices also allows all the delicious oil and tomato sauce to seep between the slices. It pools. It soaks into the both the cardboard and the crust. And it allows hot drippy cheese to fall through the minuscule cracks, making slices of pizza stick to the cardboard.
So next time you order that pizza (for carry-out or delivery) take the time to request that it not be sliced. You’ll thank me.
Want an even better pizza?
When you get it home, give it a quick 5-minute blast in a very hot oven. Trust me on this; it will make that pizza taste so much better.
The most important step is to preheat your oven. Set it to to 500°F and place a baking sheet (preferably un-rimmed) on the bottom rack. Give it a good 15 minutes to get up to temperature. This works especially well if you’ve ordered pizza for delivery. If you set your oven temperature right around the time you order the pizza, it should be good and hot by the time the pie arrives.
When the pizza is delivered, slide it out of its packaging onto the baking sheet and let it bake for five minutes. That’s it. A little extra effort will give you a hotter pizza with a significantly crispier crust.
Some options for takeout & delivery
2920 S. Kinnickinnic, (414) 489-0765
The Bay View cafe is offering their delicious housemade pizza Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. (or until the dough runs out). Order online or call the cafe to order and pay by credit card. No walk-ins accepted for pizza.
Balistreri's Bluemound Inn
6501 W. Bluemound Rd., (414)258-9881
Balistreri's will offer their full menu for carry-out. Menus are available online. Call the restaurant to place your order.
Balistreri's Italian American Ristorante
812 N. 68th St., (414)475-1414
Balistreri's will offer their full menu for carry-out. Menus are available online. Call the restaurant to place your order.
Brick 3 Pizza
1107 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 224-6040
Brick 3 Pizza is offering carry-out, delivery and curbside pickup daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call to place your order for pick-up. Delivery is also available through Brick3 as well as DoorDash.
842 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-3236
Calderone Club is offering curbside pick-up Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. View their menu online and place your order by phone.
8001 N Port Washington Rd., Fox Point, (414) 352-9303
Calderone Club is offering curbside pick-up for lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. Call the restaurant to place your order.
Capri di Nuovo
8340 W. Beloit Rd., (414) 543-5510
Capri di Nuovo is offering curbside pick-up and delivery Monday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call ahead for pick-up or order online.
5010 W. Vliet St., (414) 476-7700
1417 S. 70th St., West Allis, (414) 475-1080
Caradaro Club is offering carry-out, curbside pick-up and delivery Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. Call the restaurant to place your order.
Carol Ann's Pizza
2935 Hubertus Rd., Richfield. (262) 628-8237
Carol Ann's is offering carry-out Sunday through Thursday fron 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. Local delivery is also available Friday through Sunday.
2797 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 238-2406
Classic Slice is offering curbside pick-up daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. They also offer delivery through Grubhub (use the link on their web site). Call the restaurant to place your order for pick-up.
Fixture Pizza Pub
623 S. 2nd St., (414) 736-8709
Fixture will offer curbside or in-house pickup for carry-out orders as well as free delivery for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. Call or text orders to (414) 736-8709.
Gianelli's Pizza & Chicken Man
8430 W Silver Spring Dr., (414) 463-2266
Gianelli's is offering carry-out Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Place your order online or call the restaurant for pick-up.
615 Main St., Delafield, (262) 337-9800
Giuseppes is offering carry-out, curbside pick-up and delivery through DoorDash. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Call to place your order or order online.
Corners of Brookfield, 20119 Lord St., (262) 785-1115
Grimaldi's is offering carry-out daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. View the menu and specials (including family meals and half-price wine to-go) online.
Kim's Pizza Pub
N67 W33395 County Road K, Oconomowoc, (262) 727-7210
Kim's is offering carry-out daily from noon to 8 p.m. View their menu and order online for pick-up. You can also watch their Facebook page for specials and updates.
111 E. Forest Hill Ave., Oak Creek, (414) 764 - 3330
Marco's is offering their full menu for carry-out. Call to place your order.
16630 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 782-5830
Marty's Pizza is offering curbside pick-up and delivery Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. Call the restaurant to place your order. In-house delivery is also available.
Marty's Pizza Delafield
2580 Sun Valley Dr., Delafield, (262) 646-3327
Marty's Pizza Delafield is offerinng curbside pick-up and delivery daily beginning at 11 a.m. Call the restaurant to place your order.
1329 S. 70th St., (414) 998-0528
Pepi's is offering carry-out, curbside pick-up and delivery Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call to place your order or order online.
Park Avenue Pizza
121 Park Ave., Pewaukee, (262) 691-0503
Park Avenue is offering curbside pick-up Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Call to place your order for pick-up. Follow them on Facebook for updates.
2597 N. Downer Ave., (414) 272-1745
11500 W. Burleigh St., (414) 249-2000
Pizza Man is offering a limited menu for carry-out Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Order online for pick-up. Delivery is also available through DoorDash and GrubHub.
6969 N. Port Washington Rd., (414) 797-4663
Pizza Studio is offering carry-out Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Delivery is also available through DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub.
Redbrick Pizza Kitchen
2202 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-3000
Redbrick pizza is offering carry-out and delivery daily beginning at 11 a.m. Place your order online.
Red Mill Inn & Pizza
1005 S. Elm Grove Rd., Brookfield, (262) 599-8900
Red Mill is offering carry-out for items including salad, pizza, garlic bread and Friday fish fry. A bottle of house red or white wine is included with orders over $30. Call the restaurant to order. Follow them on Facebook for hours, specials and updates.
5627 Broad St., Greendale (414) 421-1980
Ricardo's offers online ordering for carry-out, plus curbside pickup during normal business hours.
Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & Grill
509 East Erie (414) 277-1800
Riverfront Pizzeria is offering pizza and their full menu for carry-out or delivery. Beer and wine are also available for carry-out.
930 E. Wright St., (414) 269-9703
Riverwest Pizza will offer carry-out and delivery through Uber Eats daily from 4 to 10 p.m. View their menu on Facebook.
838 N. Old World Third St., (414) 276-2876
San Giorgio is offering carry-out and curbside pick-up Monday through Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. View their carry-out menu on Facebook and call to place your order.
Santino's Little Italy
352 E. Stewart St., (414) 897-7367
Santino's is offering carry-out and curbside pick-up, including bottled wines. Watch their social media for specials.
Sauce & Spice
Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 210-4478
Sauce & Spice is offering curbside pick-up for their pizzas on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m. Call to place your order. Also watch their Facebook page for specials and updates.
Scotty's Bar & Pizza
3921 S. Clement Ave., (414) 481-6060
Scotty's is offering carry-out and delivery Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Visit them on Facebook for menu and specials. Call the bar to place an order.
Shaker's Cigar Bar
422 S. 2nd St., (414) 272-4222
Shaker's is offering carry-out Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. as well as free in-house delivery care of the bar's Burlesque Shakerettes. Their menu focuses on cajun-style fare, pizza and comfort food favorites. Guests can also carry-out premium hand-rolled cigars and bottles of wine, whiskey and spirits. Growler fills are also available. Order online for pick-up. Follow Shaker's on Facebook and Instagram for specials and updates.
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438
Transfer pizza is offering delivery or carryout from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Online ordering available.
Tenuta's Italian Restaurant
2995 S. Clement Ave., (414) 431-1014
Tenuta's is offering carry-out, curbside pick-up and delivery (to 53207 and 53235 zip codes) daily from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Select bottles of wine can be added to carry-out orders for $10.
5601 W. Vliet St., (414) 943-3278
Wy'East is offering pre-ordered pizza only, with phones open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Follow the instructions on their website for both ordering and pick-up. Follow them on Facebook for updates and specials.
1724 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 289-8776
Zaffiro's is offering carry-out, curbside pick-up and in-house delivery Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery is available in a limited delivery area which includes the East Side, Downtown and the Third Ward. for $3 on orders under $100 or $10 for deliveries over $100. Minimum order for delivery service is $15. A variety of specials are also available. Call the restaurant to place your order.
The Ridge, 5200 S. Moorland Rd., New Berlin, (262) 797-8759
North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-8484marcustheatres.com/zaffiros
Zaffiro's is open for carry-out daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Orders can be placed online. Delivery is also available through Grubhub, Uber Eats and DoorDash.
714 E. Brady St., (414) 226-9999
Zayna's is offering pick-up and delivery daily beginning at 4 p.m. Call the restaurant to place your order or order online. You can also follow the restaurant on Facebook for daily specials and updates.
Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon.
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