Your Guide To Buying a Pizza Cutter
One of the challenges when cutting a pizza is when the melted cheese sticks to the knife. Your knife will drag the cheese along as you cut through the crust. Besides denuding the pizza of the cheese and toppings, it is less appealing to the eye. A pizza cutter was designed precisely to avoid that. It cuts through the cheese and crust, while leaving the cheese in place. They also cut the pizza in one smooth stroke. In four quick strokes, you’ve divided your pizza in eighths! But there are a couple of designs available. Here is a guide to some of the best pizza cutters on the market.
Types of Pizza Cutters
Wheel-type Pizza Cutter: This familiar type of pizza cutter has a circular blade, fitted into a handle. You hold the handle and run the circular blade over the pizza (or pastry) that you want to cut. The circular blade spins on its axis while cutting the pizza.
Mezzaluna Pizza Cutter: Mezzaluna is Italian for “half-moon”. This type of pizza cutter is semi-circular-shaped, with two handles, one on each end of the blade. You rock the blade back and forth over the pizza, and it cuts through the crust. A similar design is used in the Checkered Chef’s Rocker Blade Pizza Cutter—but it only has one handle that goes the length of the pizza cutter. This allows you control over the movement of the blade. Since the blade and handle are all in one piece, it’s also much easier to clean. Some brands sell it with a protective plastic shield that goes over the blade when not in use. Since the blade is so sharp, you don’t want to accidentally cut yourself.
What People Are Saying
Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:
Mezzaluna is less fragile: Since the circular pizza cutter is in several parts (handle, finger guard, and blade), there is more of a risk of the wheel breaking off. As a result, some prefer the Mezzaluna cutter, since it’s all in one piece, and has less of a chance of something breaking.
Can cut on a cookie sheet without scratches: Since a pizza cutter only sinks into the pizza or pastry crust, there is less of a chance of scratching the pan or cookie sheet.
Safety first: All the pizza cutters have sharp blades. Some have a cover for the blade, so that you can cover it when not in use. That helps you avoid accidentally cutting yourself. The wheel cutters have a thumb guard to protect your hands when cutting. The mezzaluna cutter usually comes with a cover to protect the blade from getting damaged, as well as protecting you from getting cut.
Useful Tips for Shoppers
Advantages of mezzaluna cutter: People with arthritis notice that it’s easier to hold and use a mezzaluna cutter. You push down on the blade with both hands instead of just one. It is also safer, since you don’t hold the food down with one hand while cutting with the other. Instead, both hands are involved in the cutting.
Other uses for the mezzaluna: It can be used for chopping meat, chicken and spices. Also, if you’re cutting a very pungent food, like chilies, it might be better to minimize contact with the food. That way, there is less of a chance of skin irritation.
Pie cutting: The Mezzaluna and rocker blades are also good for cutting a pie with a lot of filling—instead of crushing and collapsing the crust, it cuts through the top and bottom layers of crust, leaving the pie intact.
Good for cutting pastries as well: Both types of pizza cutters are excellent for other types of pastries as well. Pastries made from phyllo dough, such as borekas, or yeast dough, are best cut with pizza cutter type implements.
One-piece wheel cutter: The OXO Good Grips Clean Cut Pizza Wheel and Cutter has an unorthodox shape, where the blade is underneath, instead of in front of the handle. This design allows you to cover the blade with a plastic cover, when the cutter isn’t in use. The handle also detaches easily, for easier cleaning. The cover protects your hands, and also keeps the blade from getting dull.
OXO— was established in 1990 by Sam Farber in New York, NY, as a manufacturer of ergonomic kitchen and gardening tools, and home products. Today they have over 1000 different products, on the philosophy of Universal Design: designing products that are usable by as many people as possible.
Kukpo—are makers of stainless steel kitchen implements, such as garlic presses, potato mashers, milk frothers, measuring spoons, and more.
KitchenAid—was started in 1919 when they started producing mixers for the kitchen. They later made dishwashers in 1949. They now make a complete line of kitchen and countertop appliances and aids.Their headquarters is in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Checkered Chef—is a family-run business located in Melbourne, Australia. They make kitchen and cooking utensils: kitchen scissors, knives, racks, rolling pins, mixing bowls, pizza cutters, and more.