Char on pizza, often known as “pizza char,” or “leopard spots” emerges from the interaction between high heat and dough during baking, resulting in darkened or slightly burnt areas on the crust. This charring contributes a smoky, complex flavor and adds texture to the pizza. It’s a delicate balance, as char shouldn’t be mistaken for burning; rather, it’s about achieving the right level of caramelization to enhance taste. While some may appreciate a touch of char, achieving the perfect balance necessitates skilled baking techniques and attentive monitoring to create a crust that’s both well-cooked and subtly charred.