Review: Flatizza from Subway
Some of us may follow the “even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good” thought when approaching pizza. I’ve had some bad pizza in my day, but it’s few and far between. For most of my pizza experiences, I’ve come away satisfied since I consider pizza to be one of my favorite foods. When it comes to Subway, I’d probably lean more towards the hater side and yes a part of that is having plenty of other better quick sandwich options nearby. My options when it comes to pizza might be right on par with my sandwich situation yet the new Flatizzas from Subway were still enough of a draw to get me to buy.A Flatizza is simply a square 6″ (roughly) flatbread pizza that you can customize to your liking. It’s a pretty dumb name for a product and I felt slightly uncomfortable just having to say the ridiculous word when placing my order. The Flatizzas are priced in the $3.00-$3.50 range and there’s a 2 for $5.00 promo going on so I grabbed a couple for this review. I went with the most simple of options and picked a pepperoni and a plain cheese Flatizza.
Besides the whole “Eat Fresh” thing, Subway’s big draw is quick, cheap and customizable. The Flatizza works on all three levels as I paid $5.30 after tax for a couple of flatbread pizzas that took only a few minutes to get me in and out of my neighborhood Subway. The square flatbreads are expectedly pre-done and the process was as simple as anything you’d quickly be able to whip up at home. Flatbread down, some pizza sauce, toppings, cheese. Sixty seconds in the oven and we’re done. Each Flatizza gets a handy little pizza box, nice touch Subway.
Both my pepperoni Flatizza and the plain cheese Flatizza seemed eerily similar in look and taste. The pepperoni was put directly on the pizza sauce with a hearty application of mozzarella put on top, so looks-wise, I couldn’t tell the two Flatizzas apart. I’m going to have to point out that the four deli-sized slices of pepperoni must have been paper thin because the taste was barely noticeable. The pepperoni was knifed up into smaller pieces and then became lost in the sea of sauce and cheese. There didn’t seem to be much of a standard to go by with the pizza sauce and cheese from the looks of things. It seems like some ingredients get the strict number application (four pepperoni slices), but others just get the ballpark eyeball test (cheese/sauce). I know some places have utensils that measure out the exact quantity to follow a set standard the company wants for a product and I didn’t find that with today’s Subway order. So the result of this was getting most of the flavor of the Flatizzas coming from the pizza sauce. The cheese melted over everything perfectly and had a nice gooey texture even after the fifteen minutes between getting home and snapping pics.
The flatbread for the Flatizza is nothing special and that’s about what you should be expecting from a product hovering at the three dollar mark. There’s no standout seasoning or flavor in the flatbread and it does little more than provide the base for the other ingredients. The ends of the flatbread get the expected dry, crackery crunch and chew.
While the individual parts of the Flatizza are quite unremarkable, I still found myself thinking it wasn’t that bad overall. The Flatizza is something that doesn’t have that Subway taste that is all too hauntingly familiar to me. That said, it tastes just like something you used to make at home after school in 7th grade. There was almost some feeling of nostalgia going on because of that cheap tangy tomato sauce taking over each bite. Ragu Pizza Quick vibe.
Although I’ve grown tired of Subway in recent years, the Flatizza reminded me more of an after school snack in Jr. High rather than memories of past Subway meals. It’s all-around a very average product that somehow still worked for me. The 2 for $5.00 deal is nice if you can take the thought of a big slice of pizza from a local pizza shop out of your head.
Pros: 2 for $5 promo. Customizable. Packaging.
Cons: Ingredient balance. Pepperoni flavor got lost in the sauce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Price: 2 for $5.00
Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10
More Info: http://www.subway.com
Cheese Flatizza - 390 calories, 16 grams of fat, 810 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of protein
Pepperoni Flatizza - 500 calories, 26 grams of fat, 1340 milligrams of sodium, 26 grams of protein