Once upon a time, there was a man who hated circles. He hated their lack of order, and preferred straight lines and easily navigated edges. However, there was one circular object that this man continued to adore, despite its despicable shape. The man loved a good pizza. He would eat pizza for every meal when permitted and would hoard several in his freezer at a time for when cravings would strike.
Finally, he broke down, and vowed to find a way to merge his love of pizza and his hatred of round shapes. Thus, the square pizza was born.
Since then, square pizzas have been the shape of choice for artisanal shops, bars and hotel restaurants alike. A square pizza is a little bit easier to cut than a traditional round pizza, and in this article, we will discuss the varying methods of how to cut a square pizza, as well as the reasons why one might choose this shape of pizza in the first place.
Advantages of a Square Pizza
The advantages of a square pizza sometimes go under-appreciated. Square pizzas can be stored more easily in ovens and refrigerators, making them the shape of choice for chefs looking to minimize their kitchen clutter. Square pizzas have more crust on the outside, due to the longer circumference than in their round counterparts, making this shape a prime choice for crust lovers.
In addition to this, if you decide to cut your square pizza in a traditional method, there are both options for crust and non-crust, making this also a prime choice for crust loathers. Everyone wins with a square pizza.
How to Cut a Square Pizza
It is recommended to cut the pizza after cooking thoroughly, either from a raw dough state or from a frozen state. Both pre-cooked states provide challenges when cutting, and anyone less than an advanced swordsman should wield caution when attempting to cut a raw or frozen pizza. After the pizza has been cooked to perfection, the pizza should sit until it is cool enough to be handled.
You can use a traditional chef’s knife, a smaller knife (like a paring knife) or a traditional rolling pizza cutter to cut this pizza, but choose the utensil based on the thickness of the crust and the required dexterity of your desired pattern. The pattern of the cut should depend on the number of people eating pizza.
A traditional square cut begins with two cuts placed in the center of each side and extending across through the middle to the other side, dividing the pizza into four equal quarters.
Then, two to four cuts should be placed on either side of the initial cuts in both directions, creating a lattice of pizza cuts across the surface of the pizza. It is important to cut all the way through the pizza on the first go, to avoid irritating your guests. This method will serve four to six people with light portions.
A typical method for cutting round pizzas is to cut from the center out and create eight equal wedge shapes. This method is NOT recommended for square or rectangular pizzas as it leads to irregular slices, irritation and overall chaos in the kitchen. Finally, for the chef who just wants to have their pizza, and enjoy it too, there is a special method that provides a single eater with a maximum slice consumption rate.
Starting at one side about two inches away from the edge, cut a line that extends across the pizza, stopping an inch and a half before reaching the other side.
Turn the pizza around and repeat this step, cutting a line that extends almost all the way across the pizza directly next to the previous cut. Continue cutting in this way until a zig-zag pattern occurs. This pattern creates an endless slice that can be eaten by one diner without pause.
For those who are not afraid to push the boundaries of their pizza shapes, square pizzas may be the new black in pizza fashion.
Next time you are ordering, making, or cutting a pizza, think about the possibilities that taking a ride on the square side will bring you. It does not change the taste of the pizza, and with the above-mentioned benefits, there is no reason why you should avoid a good old square pizza.