Feb 17, 2014

Review: Subway - Flatizza

Subway's new Flatizza is a flatbread pizza offering from the sandwich chain. Each Flatizza features a square of flatbread, topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a number of topping combos.

I went with a Veggie and a Spicy Italian to cover the bases. They sell at a limited-time introductory price of $3.00 to $3.50 each or two for $5.

For the most part, these were pretty good. My "sandwich artist" didn't skimp on the toppings and I got more meat and veggies (on each respective Flatizza) than I'd get at a big pizza chain.

The sauce was mostly tomato-y without being overly sweet or herby. It was fairly thick and, for some odd reason, very carefully applied in a circle (like two sandwiches were made in the time she was putting sauce on the flatbread) and yet did not look like the product photo (which features sauce almost to the edges).

The pepperoni and salami were cut and carefully layered onto the sauce circle (there were three or four layers of thin meats). The Veggie Flatizza was put together slightly more haphazardly (probably due to the higher volume of veggies). There was a generous amount of mozzarella on top as well. The overall effect was plenty of toppings in most bites of the Veggie Flatizza and on about two-thirds of the Spicy Italian (which isn't spicy at all). Since the pizzas are only quickly toasted, the vegetables remained pretty fresh but the meat never crisped. Surprisingly, the mozzarella developed some burnt circles like on real pizza.

The Flatizzas would have been pretty enjoyable with the toppings alone but there was the crust. I haven't had so much luck with fast food breads lately, and it was as if my local Subway used their stale leftover flatbread to make Flatizzas. The crust on my Flatizzas was amazing in that it encompassed the worst of both worlds: it was super chewy as well as super dry. My jaw actually started to hurt from the effort. It would have been preferable if they had just put the toppings and sauce on a cracker; it still would have been dry but much easier to eat.

Overall, I liked the toppings and sauce of the Flatizzas, but the crust was horrible. It's entirely possible that I just got some really stale flatbread (or it could be a systematic thing), so let me know if you've had a different experience below.

Also, from a logistics standpoint (at least at my local Subway), it takes way too long to make one of these and it seems like it would really slow down their assembly line if they kept these around.

Nutritional Info - Subway Spicy Italian Flatizza (181g)
Calories - 490 (from Fat - 220)
Fat - 25g (Saturated Fat - 11g)
Sodium - 1290mg
Carbs - 43g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 25g

Nutritional Info - Subway Veggie Flatizza (191g)
Calories - 410 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 17g (Saturated Fat - 8g)
Sodium - 850mg
Carbs - 44g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 21g