Things to Consider Before Putting Your Pizza on Your Cutting Board

Not too many people think twice about setting their pizza, steaming hot right out of the oven on their cutting board to slice. The heat however, can be very damaging to many types of wood. It actually breaks down any glue in an end-grain board and can compromise the integrity of most others. If your cutting board happens to be a bit wet or even damp from cleaning then the heat from the pizza will work with the moisture in the board to create steam. This steam will result in horrible warping in your wood cutting board


  • Maple - Many restaurants, serving strictly pizza over many years will tell you that their maple hardwood cutting boards are ideal. They are durable enough to take the heat from the pizza, yet forgiving enough to not dull down their pizza cutter too quickly. On the other hand, many of these boards are only strictly used for cutting pizzas so any kind of warping may not be too evident to the people cutting on them.


  • Bamboo – This is technically a grass and is said to be about 16% more durable than hardwood maple so it may actually be one of the best options for a hot pizza. It will resist the heat a bit better yet it won't damage your pizza cutter or knife quite as quick as some other options. With any wood or bamboo surface it is always important to keep your board seasoned. This helps to seal the wood grains and not only resists bacteria but aids in making your board a bit tougher to combat normal wear and tear. It is also helpful to add a bit of beeswax either to the oil or buff it on after like a polish giving the board an extra shield to pro-long its life.


  • Stainless steel - This seems to be the practical option which is probably why they are so common in restaurants. They can handle any kind of heat that the pizza can deliver except they are incredibly damaging to your cutting tools. Stainless steel can warp or roll the blade of your pizza cutter or knife quite quickly.


  • Marble and Stone – Either material will hold up against the heat from a pizza however both of them will dull your knife or pizza cutter quickly like stainless steel. It is important to note that marble, over time can be affected by the acids in tomatoes so depending on how often you are cutting pizzas, this may not be the best option for you.


  • Epicurean and Wood Fiber Laminate – Both of these wood fiber based surfaces will resist hot temperatures up to 350 degrees making them ideal to cut pizza on. Although they can stand up against heat, they are not meant to ever go in the oven or microwave. They are a bit more gentle on your blades than marble, stone or steel but not quite as forgiving as wood.


If you are looking for a cutting board to primarily cut pizzas on then you have to consider that either your board or your blades are going to take a beating. If you opt for the wood, it is important that you oil it consistently, not just when it gets dry. If you wait until then, chances are damage has been done. However, if you choose a harder surface like marble, stone or steel then you will be sharpening your pizza cutter and knives often. Boards made out of Epicurean or Wood Fiber Laminate seem to be the ideal option, however they do not have the history of wood to determine how long of a life either will have.