Cheese has the power to make or break any pizza. To achieve a great, classic pie blanketed with a layer of perfectly melted cheese that stretches and pulls as you take a bite, you won't have to reach for anything fancy. In fact, the very best cheese for your pizza is a basic one that's stocked in the dairy aisle of your grocery store.
For a Classic Pizza, Low-Moisture Mozzarella Is Best
Of all the cheeses in the dairy aisle, the very best choice for a classic, dependable pizza is low-moisture mozzarella. You won't always see it labeled as such in recipes, though. Instead it's often listed as simple mozzarella or shredded mozzarella (as opposed to fresh mozzarella).
As its name suggests, low-moisture mozzarella has been aged for longer, which leaves it with a lower water content than fresh mozzarella cheese, as well as a denser texture and a tangier, saltier flavor.
To be considered low-moisture, this type of mozzarella must have water content somewhere between 45 and 52%, according to the FDA, while fresh mozzarella can have a water content upwards of 60%.
What Makes Low-Moisture Mozzarella the Top Choice
We love low-moisture mozzarella for it's extra salty and tangy flavor, plus the fact that its meltability is top-notch. As it melts this cheese becomes stretchy and elastic.
What really makes it stand out as the top choice for pizza is its low water content. Unlike fresh mozzarella, the low-moisture variety releases little to no water as it melts, which means you're less likely to end up with a soggy, limp pizza.