Dec 6, 2012

Review: Togo's - The Italian Sandwich

Togo's "The Italian" sub features a base of mortadella, capicola, cotto salami, dry salami, and provolone cheese.

I got it "Togo's Way" which means mayo, mustard, oil, Italian dressing, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, and pepperoncinis, plus salt & pepper. I bought it on a Tuesday when it was supposed to be $4, but the Togo's I went to wasn't participating in the Daily Specials promo, so it cost me $4.99 for a regular which is about 6".

I went with the white bread, which was a soft squishy roll that somehow came out feeling fresher than Subway's.

The Good Stuff: You get a lot of meat in a 6-inch sub. More than you'd find in a similar Footlong from Subway. The cheese was real and the veggies fresh and crisp where applicable. The peppers added a spicy kick and the dressing wasn't doused onto the sandwich.

The Bad Stuff: 3740mg of sodium! The daily recommended is less than 2300 for an adult. It's actually a typical amount for the amount and type of cured meats involved since deli meats have a lot of salt, but yeah, it's an eye-opening amount. It didn't taste overly salty. To mitigate a little, I ate half for lunch and half for dinner. To be fair, it's going to be about the same amount of sodium with any other Italian sub from other sandwich shops.

Also, while the meat was plentiful, it wasn't exactly quality. The texture was a lot like bologna (overly smooth) and the flavor wasn't particularly nuanced (the meats mostly tasted the same). For $5, I wasn't expecting high-quality meats, but I'd rather have less meat with more flavor than more meat with less flavor.

Final Stuff: Togo's Italian Sandwich was a fairly decent Italian sub and is a relatively good value (especially since I stretched it to two meals). In the pantheon of Italian subs though, it's only middling due to generic meat.

Nutritional Info - Togo's The Italian - 6-inch
Calories - 780 (Calories from Fat - 360)
Fat - 34g (Saturated Fat 14g)
Sodium - 3740mg
Carbs - 71g (Sugar 11g)
Protein - 51g