Pizza can be baked in an oven with stone bricks above the heat source, an electric deck oven, a conveyor belt oven or, in the case of more expensive restaurants, a wood- or coal-fired brick oven.
The different parts of pizza consist of the crast, cheese and the topings
It is the bottom of the pizza. It may vary widely according to style:
- thin as in a typical hand-tossed pizza or Roman pizza,
- or thick as in a typical pan pizza or Chicago-style pizza.
It is traditionally plain, but may also be seasoned with garlic or herbs, or stuffed with cheese.
The most popular cheeses to use on pizza are mozzarella, provolone, cheddar and parmesan. Romano and Ricotta are often used as toppings and processed cheese manufactured specifically for pizza is used in mass-produced environments. Processed pizza cheese is manufactured to produce preferable qualities like browning, melting, stretchiness and fat and moisture content.
There are many toppings used on pizzas, including, but not limited to:
- Ground beef
- Sun-dried tomato
- Fruit, such as Pineapple
- Feta cheese