Review: Chicken Pizziola Melt from Subway
Damn, Subway actually made a sandwich that tastes good. It’s the Chicken Pizziola Melt, and it’s part of “The Italian Collection“, which also includes a Meatball Pepperoni Melt and an Italian B.M.T. with genoa salami, spicy pepperoni, and Black Forest ham (why “B.M.T.”? According to Wikipedia, it stands for “biggest, meatiest, tastiest”).Subway describes the Chicken Pizziola Melt like this:
Our fresh take on Italian. Juicy chicken, zest-errific pepperoni, and our signature recipe marinara sauce toasted with melty cheese on your favorite freshly baked bread. Molto buona!
I chose the Italian Herbs and Cheese bread, opted for the provolone cheese, and said yes to toasting — three things I highly recommend for maximum sandwich enjoyment. Overall, the sandwich was solidly acceptable, and in some bites, where all of the ingredients were in proper proportion, it was legitimately tasty. I even caught myself making happy munching noises while taking down this badboy in such a frenzied hurry that I didn’t bother removing my shoes or earbuds. It was just me, the sandwich, and a lingering sense of shock that it was actually pretty good.
That pre-cooked, industrial-looking chicken actually works in a sandwich like this, where it’s smothered in sauce and accented by salty, spiced rounds of pepperoni. The provolone melted well, and gave the sandwich some additional flavor (and a creamy, chewy texture in spots), while the sauce, overall, was better than expected, if a touch too sweet and a bit too heavily applied.Even after toasting, it was still lingering somewhere around room temperature, and made for a sandwich that was too messy to eat anywhere other than seated at a table with easy access to plenty of napkins. I couldn’t even get it out of the wrapper without getting grease and tomato slime on my fingers. You could add extra veggies on top, but other than some spinach, and (maybe) a few slices of tomato, there’s not much room to up the nutritional value with more veggie roughage. Still, at 450 calories and 15 grams of fat for a 6-inch, it’s much better than the most comparable option, the Meatball Pepperoni Melt, which has 600 calories and almost twice as much fat (29 grams). One beef about this chicken and pork sub: it was a bit short of the advertised 6 inches, but that’s nothing new for Subway. If you’re looking for something hot, fast, and cheap, Subway’s new Chicken Pizziola Melt is worth taking for a spin, just be sure to grab some extra napkins if you’re taking it to go, and give your reflection a quick once-over before whatever comes after lunch. That marinara sauce tends to migrate away from your mouth.
Pros: Quick and convenient, well-priced, tastes pretty good.
Cons: Unlike most Subway sandwiches, you can’t up the nutritional value by loading it with veggies because most wouldn’t work on this hot, saucy sandwich. It’s also a bit messy, and not convenient to eat on the go.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: http://www.Subway.com
Nutrition Facts: Chicken Pizziola Melt (292 g)
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 67 g 6 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 75 mg
Sodium: 1250 mg
Total Carbs: 50 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Sugars: 10 g
Protein: 31 g