If the title of this post sounds a little all-inclusive to you, it's supposed to. Because it's aimed at all of us who have ever made pizza from scratch, used a ready-to-bake crust, heated up a frozen pizza, or bought a pie for takeout or delivery. That's every single one of us, right?
Okay, but what's this thing that we all need?
Kitchen shears! And not just any kitchen shears: these Wüsthof Kitchen Shears.
See, while most of us use a pizza cutter, scissors should actually be the go-to tool. Before you go saying that we're suggesting something sacrilegious, you should know that Jim Lahey, a New York City-based chef, told Food & Wine that "the process is actually a tradition that can be traced back to pizza's home country."
So not only is it still authentic, but it's also just easier. Traditional pizza wheels and cutters have a habit of dragging the cheese along with them as they hack through the dough. Scissors? Well, scissors will cleanly cut through said cheese and dough. Plus, shears give you more control over the size and shape of the slice.
If you're ordering pizza for takeout or delivery, we find it's best to ask the pie makers to leave the pizza entirely uncut (see: The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Ordering Pizza to Go). By the time you open the box at home, the pizza will usually be the perfect temp to get in there and start snipping.
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Why these particular shears over other ones? For starters, Wüsthof is one of the best names in the biz when it comes to knives. These scissors are no exception, as they're basically two knives hinged together. And that hinge? Well, it comes apart so that you can easily clean both blades. These scissors can also be used by right- and left-handed pizza-lovers, of which there are many!
Of course, these don't have to just be your pizza shears — you can use them for plenty of other kitchen tasks like cutting through chicken bones, snipping herbs, and more. But if you eat pizza at home, ever, you definitely need at least one pair of these shears.