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PIZZA STEEL INFORMATION

The Punch Pizza Steel is a flat cast iron pan designed to heat up and restore Punch takeout pizza.  It works on any kitchen stove top and takes only 2 – 3 minutes. The difference is remarkable! Watch the Pizza Steel in action!

Pizzas made for the Pizza Steel are ordered as TAKEOUT + (“Takeout Plus”).  Think of it as a different word for “Parbake”.  The pizzas themselves are exactly the same as a normal pizza except they are uncut and the bottoms of the pizzas are a little lighter than normal.


HOW TO PURCHASE A PIZZA STEEL

Punch Pizza Steels are selling out fast! As our current inventory dwindles, we will be selling Pizza Steels in store until we run out. You can place your normal order online and when you pick up, make a separate purchase for your Pizza Steel. We expect our next shipment of Pizza Steels to arrive this summer and they will be widely available again at that time. If you already have a Pizza Steel, remember to order your pizzas Takeout + for best results.


HOW TO USE A PIZZA STEEL

Pizza Steel Instructions


ADDITIONAL DETAILS

STOVETOP VS OVEN
The Pizza Steel can be used on the stovetop or in the oven.  Ideally, if the pizza is under 30 minutes old it’s best (and easiest) to use the stovetop and if it’s over 30 minutes old the oven is best.  The determining factor between the stovetop and the oven is how cold the pizza is.  When a pizza is no longer warm, the oven will heat the pizza up in less time than the stovetop.  Under 30 minutes the pizza is still warm enough to use the stove top.  The Pizza Steel works on gas, electric and induction burners.  Refrigerated pizzas should be reheated in the oven.  Punch does not recommend freezing pizza.

HEAT
You want to thoroughly heat the Pizza Steel before using it.  Since everyone’s burners are different, the key is to have the pan hot enough so the cheese and/or tomatoes start to bubble within 1 ½ – 2 ½ minutes.  If it takes longer, then the pan isn’t hot enough. If it takes shorter, then the pan might be too hot (and will burn the crust).

JUST LIKE PANCAKES
To make great pancakes, you need to get the heat of the pan right.  Too hot and the pancakes will burn before the inside is cooked.  Too cool and the pancake will dry out before achieving a golden-brown color.

PRO-TIP
Rubbing a little water on the bottom of the pizza crust adds moisture that is reabsorbed into the crust.  Although not necessary, it does make a more tender crust.  Wet your hand under a faucet and then rub the bottom of the crust.  It also helps protect the crust from burning.

REHEAT + RESTORE
Describes what is going on when you use a Pizza Steel.  It “Reheats” the pizza while it “Restores” the crust back to normal. NOTE: a Pizza Steel crust will always be more firm/crisp than our normal pizza.

 PREVENT BURNING
You should constantly check the bottom of the pizza to prevent burning.  Since every stovetop is different, you should modify the heat of your stovetop so tomatoes/cheese bubble within 1 ½ – 2 ½ minutes.  Even if it burns a little, like char on our pizzas (or on toast) it still has a great flavor.

OPTIMAL REHEAT TIME
The idea is you want to “reheat” the pizza and “restore” the crust in as short amount of time as possible WITHOUT burning the bottom.  The longer the pizza stays on a pan, the drier and less tender the crust will become. This is why for cold pizzas, it’s best to use an oven so the pizzas don’t have to spend longer than 3 ½ minutes warming up. Pizzas that are more heavily topped will take longer than lightly topped pizzas (all else being equal).

CAN YOU REHEAT A CUT PIZZA?
Pizzas that are cut can still be used on the Pizza Steel but they should be placed on a round piece of parchment paper (normal parchment paper cut into a circle with scissors).  Parchment paper can catch fire if it is allowed to hang over the pan.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT THAN PARBAKED?
Typically, parbaked pizzas are only partially cooked and have to finish cooking in a home oven. The extra time in the oven dries out the pizza crust and makes it tough. Takeout + pizzas are fully cooked but the Pizza Steel allows the pizza to reheat more quickly – keeping the crust more tender.  BOTTOM LINE: Takeout + pizzas reheat quicker and the crust is more tender than parbaked pizza. “Parbake” is still an order option if you don’t have a Pizza Steel. 

FOCACCIA
Unless specifically requested, salad focaccia will still be cut (if pizzas are ordered TAKEOUT+).  Whole or individual pieces can be “REHEATED + RESTORED” on the Pizza Steel.  The same pizza instructions apply to focaccia as well – just less time on the Pizza Steel. 1-2 minutes.

GLUTEN-FREE PIZZAS
GF pizzas can be “REHEATED + RESTORED” on the Pizza Steel.  Same pizza instructions apply but with additional care to not let bottom of crust char.

SERVING THE PIZZA
After the pizza has been reheated, place the pizza on a cutting board and cut the pizza with a knife or pizza cutter.  Do not cut the pizza on the Pizza Steel.

OTHER USES FOR THE PAN
Grilled sandwiches, pancakes, French toast, warming tortillas, panini – the uses are endless!

PIZZA STEEL CARE
Like any cast iron pan, it’s pretty easy to care for.  Just wash it with soap and water and dry it by hand.  Rub a little bit of oil on it after drying to keep it from rusting.

Punch is open for take-out orders. Please place your order one of the following ways:

  1. Order Online (recommended); pick-up times are available in 5-minute increments for safe social distancing. Online orders are accepted starting at 12:01am until we sell out of time slots for the day.
  2. Call for a phone-assisted online order; we’re answering from 10am until 8:15pm Monday-Saturday. Click here for menu and phone number link.
  3. At the Store; place an order with a cashier, following our in-store social distancing guidelines.
    *Given the high demand of online orders we are only able to take a limited number of walk-in orders. We recommend placing your order online to confirm a pickup time.

Note on Gluten-Free Crust:
Gluten-free crust pizzas can be ordered through our Call Center (612.223.7200) or in-store. We have limited availability so please place your order ahead with our Call Center to ensure the store has crusts on hand.

Please note: This crust is not safe for those who have severe gluten allergies because our kitchen environment has wheat flour in the air and all pizzas are cooked in the same oven. While we have kitchen procedures in place to avoid cross-contamination, we can’t guarantee our Gluten-Free pizza will be 100% gluten free. Please consider this when ordering our GF pizza.

Please see our Allergy Matrix to check if a menu item contains gluten.

Where do I place my order online?
Visit our website or download our app at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for a seamless ordering experience!

Where do I go to pick up my order? Do I need to wait in line if I’ve placed an order online?
No need to wait in line. Stop in at your designated time (please do not enter the restaurant early) and give your first name and pickup time to the host behind the PICKUP area. If you ordered on our app, you will get notified when to enter the restaurant (must accept Punch notifications on your phone). For the consideration of the staff and fellow customers please wear a mask when entering our restaurants.

Why can’t I make a special request?
In order to streamline the online order process, we are unable to accept special requests. Please order at the restaurant if you need us to accommodate a special request.

Why can’t I order as many pizzas as I want?
At certain times our oven is at maximum capacity – or close to it. Subsequently, we are only able to accommodate smaller online orders. Our maximum online order size is 6 pizzas and 6 salads to ensure your complete order is hot and fresh at your pickup time.

There were no pickup times listed when I tried to place an order. What does that mean?
If no pickup times are listed, that unfortunately means the store has met its maximum capacity of online and phone orders for the day. Online orders are accepted starting early in the morning until we sell out of time slots for the day.

Why can’t I change my order once I’ve paid?
Once you submit an online order it is stored in a network and not printed until your order is ready to be made. If you’ve noticed a mistake after ordering, you can speak to our Call Center who may be able to adjust your order for you. *Please note: We cannot adjust pickup times. We can only modify future orders that have not yet been sent to the store. Orders are sent to the store a minimum of 20 minutes before the pickup time.

Do I have to create a profile?
We want to make our online ordering system one that is both simple and robust. By creating a profile, you will be able to quickly replicate your order using Favorite Orders and save your personal and payment information for quick and easy ordering. To sweeten the deal, the Punch Pizza App is now available! Download now at your mobile app store for the best Punch ordering experience.

We are excited to offer a new delivery option through our online ordering app/website. Delivery availability is limited to third party (Doordash / Postmates) driver availability.

To place an order for delivery: select “Delivery” from the location closest to you. Enter your delivery address (for best results, use the autocomplete feature to select your delivery address). The site will check in real-time whether delivery is available to your address at the time. If so, continue on and place your order. Make sure to include any additional delivery instructions on the “Time Selection” page.

Waiting for your delivery: Check out your confirmation e-mail for a link to track your delivery. The delivery provider (either Doordash or Postmates) may also send text messages when they get close and when they arrive to the delivery address. Delivery and delivery times are not guaranteed.

We are excited about this 3rd party delivery option and are constantly working to improve the experience.  Your feedback is appreciated!

Please note: We do not have a partnership through any 3rd party marketplace websites. If you place your order on a 3rd party site (i.e. postmates.com) we do not have access to the order and unfortunately can not help with any issues with orders through those sites. We are only able to access and help with delivery orders placed through our website, order.punchpizza.com. Thank you for your understanding.

At this time we are offering takeout orders only for the safety of our staff and customers and to ensure we keep safe distancing. There is no dining inside the restaurant and our patios are now closed for the season.

We recommend placing your order online to confirm a pickup time. We are accepting limited walk-in orders, however the wait can range and is sometimes over an hour.

We offer a few ways to check the balance of your gift card:

  1. Easiest: Using the web, navigate to our online ordering site. Select a location. When the menu opens, you will see a “Gift Card Balance” option appear on the top banner or in the menu on mobile. Follow the instructions there to read your current gift card balance.
  2. Call our Call Center at 612.223.7200
  3. Bring the gift card into any Punch location and the cashier can swipe to get the balance.
  4. Send a message with the numbers on the back of the card here and we will get back to you with the balance.

Can I use a gift card to pay for my online order?
Up to two gift cards containing a security pin may be used for payment on online orders. The security pin is a 6-digit number that you’ll find under the silver scratch-off area on the gift card.

If you have a gift card that does not contain a pin and would like to use it to pay for an online order, please call us at 612-223-7200 and we will help you with this request.

Based on customer preference for salads as entrée option during this take-out only time, we have limited our salad menu to one size. Our salads are 50% larger and every salad is served with a full foccacia (“chach”). We will be packaging our salad chach in pizza boxes to improve quality and avoid the steaming problem with foil packaging. We are eliminating small salads during this take-out only time to streamline operations and better serve our customers.

Yes, we are offering a new gluten-free crust. We have limited availability so please place your order ahead with our Call Center (612.223.7200) to ensure we have crusts on hand. You can also order in-store where they have a limited availability.

The ingredients in the crust are Gluten-Free Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast, Olive Oil.

Please note: This crust is not safe for those who have severe gluten allergies because our kitchen environment has wheat flour in the air and all pizzas are cooked in the same oven. While we have kitchen procedures in place to avoid cross-contamination, we can’t guarantee our Gluten-Free pizza will be 100% gluten free. Please consider this when ordering our GF pizza.

Please see our Allergy Matrix to check if a menu item contains gluten.

We do not have a detailed nutritional analysis of our food. If you have any specific questions about ingredients or allergens click here or please email us directly.

More about Neapolitan style pizza:
While the benefits of a Mediterranean diet are well documented, it’s not until you travel to southern Italy that you discover how healthy the people appear. We don’t know if it’s because Naples is the birthplace of both espresso and pizza, but Neapolitans exude energy. While we are not nutritionists, there appears to be some fundamental reasons that the diet is healthier than others — specifically how Neapolitans make and enjoy their pizzas.

Simplicity:

  1. Crushed Tomatoes: One thing that usually surprises our customers is the answer to what’s in our tomato sauce: Our sauce is simply crushed tomatoes – nothing else. If you pick up a jar of tomato sauce in the store, it’s shocking to see just how much stuff is in there besides tomatoes.
  2. Dough: It is no secret that our dough recipe is top secret! While it contains only flour, yeast, water and salt it is a very complicated recipe and scientific process. We are passionate about making dough from scratch every day and committed to the old world standard of dough making.
  3. Ingredients: We take pride in using fresh, natural, non-processed “whole” ingredients. All of our vegetables are received fresh and prepped daily. We source all of our meats and cheeses from purveyors dedicated to quality above all else. Our prosciutto from Parma, Italy is made using a centuries old technique and our sausage is from a local family-run whole-hog producer. At Punch, we don’t cut corners and we purchase ingredients based on quality first.

Lightness:
When people come to Punch for the first time many are surprised by the difference in the amount of toppings compared to traditional American pizza. Neapolitan pizzas are designed to be light and are offered as a first course in Naples rather than a main course. After eating an American pizza you are usually left feeling heavy and maybe a little guilty but after eating a Neapolitan pizza you actually feel good and even energized.

Tradition:
The classic pizza of Naples, Italy is the Margherita. This pizza is made with only fresh mozzarella, crushed tomatoes, and fresh basil. When this “simple” pizza is prepared and cooked properly it is one of the most delicious things in the world. We like to use this pizza to measure our competitors because this pizza doesn’t lie – you can tell almost everything about a restaurant’s commitment to quality on how the classic Margherita tastes.

Yes, authentic Neapolitan pizza is “wetter” because of the crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and olive oil. Unlike American pizza, a Neapolitan style pizza is meant to be eaten with a knife and fork. In our opinion, nothing tastes better than dipping your crust into the pool of tomatoes, cheese and olive oil in the middle of your plate! However, if you prefer a drier pizza ask the cashier to have the cooks make your pizza “dry style” with light crushed tomatoes and light oil and a firmer “set” on the bottom of the pizza.

If you are dissatisfied with your pizza or your experience at Punch, please email us directly. We want to hear your feedback.

Because we cook our pizzas in a 900 degree wood-burning oven there will be dark spots on the bottom of the pizza to achieve a “set” and signature black bubbles on the crust. We expect a properly cooked Neapolitan pizza to have some char. If you prefer your pizza with less char please ask the cashier to have the cooks make your pizza “light done”.

If you are dissatisfied with your pizza or your experience at Punch, please email us directly. We want to hear your feedback.

We do not franchise.

Please contact Blois Olson with Fluence Media: bolson@fluence-media.com