The bottom of the pizza, called the "crust", may vary widely
according to style—thin as in a typical hand-tossed pizza or Roman
pizza, or thick as in a typical pan pizza or . It is traditionally plain, but may also be seasoned with garlic, or herbs, or stuffed with cheese.
In restaurants, pizza can be baked in an oven with stone bricks above the heat source, an electric deck oven, a oven or, in the case of more expensive restaurants, a wood- or coal-fired . On deck ovens, the pizza can be slid into the oven on a long paddle, called a ,
and baked directly on the hot bricks or baked on a screen (a round
metal grate, typically aluminum). When made at home, it can be baked on a
in a regular oven to reproduce the effect of a brick oven. Another option is , in which the crust is baked directly on a barbecue grill. , like Chicago-style pizza, is baked in a pan rather than directly on the bricks of the pizza oven.