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It's basically a loss of moisture during the cooking process, to avoid this in a standard oven cook on a lower temp for longer and cover with foil....in the microwave, drop the power setting and always reheat or cook with the food cover with a microwave safe cling wrap or microwave specific cookware with lids.
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I would not recommend that you "cook" a fresh pizza with raw pizza dough in a microwave . A frozen pizza designed for microwave "cooking", which is actually defrosting and "crisping" a frozen precooked pizza on a silver colored sheet, will have instructions on the box as to power level(s) and time(s). It really depends on the number of servings and size of the pizza. Also, is it a thin, standard or thrown pizza crust? Or, perhaps what's commonly known as a "french bread" frozen pizza?

For reheating any pizza, I recommend not the microwave but a good quality 10-12" skillet. Lightly brush a non-stick pan with olive oil. Bring up to medium heat, place pizza in pan, cover, leave on heat for two minutes and remove from heat. Check after 2 minutes and remove for eating when it has reached desired temperature and crispness!

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