A round metal sheet used to bake pizza. The typical pizza pan ranges in diameter from 12 to 15 inches and has a shallow, rounded raised rim. For aficionados of thick crusts, there are deep-dish pizza pans with 2-inch sides. Perforated pizza pans have dozens of small holes, which allow moisture to escape and promote even browning. Pizza pans can be found in gourmet kitchen shops.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.