What’s the Best Way to Reheat Leftover Pizza?

The doorbell chimes and a hot, cheesy pizza lands in your hands—one of life’s simple pleasures. My love for pizza delivery runs deep. When I was growing up, my Italian parents weren’t much for eating out. Restaurants were reserved for special occasions as my mom, a fantastic cook, cooked dinner every night. However, there was an exception: On Friday nights, if my mom had a tiring week at work, my sister and I could convince her to order pizza. Along with an icy Coke, it was the highlight of my week.

The only thing better than Friday night was Saturday afternoon. That’s when I remember there were a few left over slices. But after a night in the fridge, the pizza transforms into something far from the original. While quick, microwaved pizza is a no-go—rubbery crust and uneven cheese melt are a nonstarter. So I researched how to heat the perfect slice, testing tried-and-true techniques from professionals and turning to TikTok trends for some innovation. Out of the four methods I tried, there was one clear winner.

Oven Toasters

I headed to F&F Pizzeria to find out how some genuine Pizza Heads, Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo, reheat pizza. For the Franks, the toaster oven is the method of choice and a convenient way to get the job done. It’s just a few buttons, a tray perfectly sized for one slice, and a nice little window to stare through while your cheese begins to bubble before your hungry eyes.


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Why Jenna Bush Hager and her family eat Mexican food on Christmas Eve

For Jenna Bush Hager, it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas Eve without the foods of one marvelous corn-based cuisine.

The TODAY with Hoda & Jenna co-host has many family traditions she’s looking forward to this holiday season, but she’s particularly psyched about one that pays homage to her Texan roots.

“The main tradition that we have over Christmas is Mexican food on Christmas Eve, Tex-Mex. So it’s tamales and enchiladas, guacamole, etc.,” the 41-year-old explained in a new streaming special, “Holidays in My House,” on TODAY All Day.

Watch “Holidays in My House” at 9:30pm on the TODAY All Day streaming channel on Peacock or your smart TV.

Jenna Bush Hager took her daughters to the White House for the first time back in September.  (@jennabhager/Instagram/TODAY)

Jenna Bush Hager took her daughters to the White House for the first time back in September. (@jennabhager/Instagram/TODAY)

Every family has its own unique approach to holiday meals, and it takes a little while for Jenna’s husband, Henry Hager, to warm up to hers.

“The first year that my husband spent Christmas with my family he was like, ‘Wait, where’s the ham?’ He couldn’t believe that was the way we celebrated,” she said. “But it’s just such a beautiful tradition. And one that we love to celebrate.”

The mother of three has always been vocal about her love for Tex-Mex food, and has shared her go-to queso recipe in the past (Savannah Guthrie is a big fan).

“I absolutely love queso. Queso is basically considered a food group in Texas,” she said at the time. “Growing up, when my mom was tired

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What to know about tickets, hotels, restaurants for the Music City Bowl

Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras, left, and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz look on as the Hawkeyes offense drives the ball in the third quarter against Nebraska during an NCAA football game on Friday, Nov.  25, 2022, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

Call it a rematch. The University of Iowa football program heads to the Music City Bowl in Nashville. Iowa faces the Kentucky Wildcats in a rematch of last season’s Citrus Bowl that Kentucky won in the final minutes. The game between the 7-5 Hawkeyes and 7-5 Wildcats of the Southeastern Conference takes place on New Year’s Eve at 11 am CT at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans. ABC will television the game.

For Hawkeye fans interested in traveling to Nashville to watch the game in person, here’s everything you need to know.

more:Iowa football heading to Music City Bowl, where the Hawkeyes’ 2020 game was canceled by COVID


On ticketmaster.com, Music City Bowl tickets range from $25 to $139 based on seat location. A few sections are sold out.

How do I get to Nashville?

An overview shot of Nissan Stadium and the Nashville skyline during last year's Music City Bowl between Tennessee and Purdue.

Airlines flying into the Des Moines International Airport unfortunately do not offer direct flights to Nashville. American Airlines, Delta, United and Southwest all offer connecting flights. According to Google Flights, a nearly four-hour flight with a connection that leaves on Friday, Dec. 30, and returns Sunday, Jan. 1, would cost close to $530.

Des Moines road trippers can hit the road for a 10-hour drive southeast across Iowa and through Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky to Tennessee. According to the AAA gas calculator, a vehicle that gets 25 miles per gallon can expect to spend about $164 roundtrip for the nearly 1,400 miles between Des Moines and Nashville.

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