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Why Does Cold Pizza Still Taste So Delicious?
By Brianna Corley
Many foodies would argue that enjoying pizza cold is an essential part of the pie-eating experience, as a Slice survey revealed that 53% of pizza fans are more likely to down a cold slice of pepperoni for breakfast than eggs and bacon. While most pre-made restaurant food seems to falter in the fridge, your leftover pizza still tastes delectable.
Chemistry professor Dr. Maureen Cooper explained that your pizza tastes good cold because its three essential components (dough, tomato sauce, and cheese) keep intact in the fridge. The tomato sauce contains water which stops the cheese's fat and oil from compromising your pie's tasty dough, and vice versa.
Once your pie cools down, these flavors usually merge, and pizza's taste doesn't simply hold up — it can even improve. According to Good Food, the dough can seem "sweeter," and its sauce can seem "sharper,” which means cold pizza's flavor can be different than a pie straight from the oven.