Did you know that American Metalcraft got its start in the foodservice industry by developing pizza pans and consequently, the first deep-dish Chicago-Style pizza pans? Known for its long-lasting durability and reliability. At Tundra Restaurant Supply, we feature a diverse selection of American Metalcraft Pizza pans and supplies for your restaurant. From pizza pans, pizza screens, dough dockers, pizza servers, pizza slicers and more, stock up on all of the pizza supplies you need.
The Differences Between a Pizza Pan, Pizza Screen and Deep Dish Pizza Pan
There is more than one way to make a pizza, and you'll find that cooking a pizza on different types of pans will yield different results. Before purchasing a pizza pan first consider what type of pizza you want to make. Thin crust? Deep dish? Chewy or crispy crust? Once you determine what kind of pizza to make, then stock up on the right pizza supplies you need.
A pizza pan is the most common way to bake a pizza. Typically made out of aluminum or hard coat anodized aluminum (which adds durability), pizza pans are lightweight and perfect for making thin crust pizza. Many restaurants also use pizza pans as a serving tray, taking the pizza straight from oven to table. Pizza pans come in solid or perforated varieties, which may affect the type of pizza you want to make. For example, a solid pan will give you a softer, chewier crust since no air circulation hits the dough directly. As you'd expect, cooking time might be longer on a solid pan versus a perforated pan, which has small holes on the pan to increase circulation and develop a crispier crust.
Similar in shape and thickness as a pizza pan, pizza screens are essentially a disc with a mesh screen that allows a lot of air to circulate beneath the crust. Cooking pizza on a pizza screen takes considerably less time than a pizza pan or stone, and expect crispy crusts with this tool.
For Chicago-style pizza your customers know and love, look to deep dish pans that allow you to create thicker crusts. Deep dish pizza is a specialty type of pizza that some customers prefer over New York style, or thin crust pizzas. Deep dish pizza will be soft and chewy, but you can develop a crusty bottom with a little oil in the pan.
Other American Metalcraft Pizza Supplies
Don't forget to stock up on other necessary pizza supplies like pizza peels, shakers, cutters and more. American Metalcraft makes a wide assortment of pizza tools to help make life easier in the kitchen. Dough dockers are a little-known tool that prevents big air bubbles from building up in your pizza dough during the cooking process. Shakers are perfect for filling with cheese, red pepper, and other condiments best served tableside.