Review: Pizza Slider from Arby’s

Pizza… even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.  I wish I could say the same for Arby’s new Pizza Slider.  At least it was only a dollar and change.
Arby’s describes their new Pizza Slider like this:

Arby’s Pizza Slider has the same pepperoni, provolone cheese, genoa salami and roasted garlic marinara that you love on your regular sized pizza, but it’s a slider now. The future is now.

The line-up of Sliders at Arby’s has reached an impressive number.  At last count, the variety sits at eight options.  Each Slider is priced at $1.29 at my local Arby’s in Maryland and between the hours of 2-5pm, they’re just a buck.  I’ve tried most of the Sliders and this new one unfortunately has to rank at the very bottom for me.

I ordered two Pizza Sliders and both were a big, sloppy mess.  The components go like this… roasted garlic marinara on each bun, three slices of pepperoni, a half slice of provolone, and three slices of Genoa salami.  I had to dismantle and reconstruct the sandwich to get it to appear somewhat presentable and even then it wasn’t much fun to eat. Other than the pepperoni, none of the other ingredients really gave me a good pizza vibe.  The “robust” roasted garlic marinara was off-putting with a very unnatural aftertaste.  The think and waxy provolone had zero impact and even if it did, it doesn’t really scream pizza like melted mozzarella would.  The mix of Genoa salami and pepperoni made for the bulk of the flavors which sorta hit me over the head with a salty sour taste that could only be cut by the overly bready split top bun.At a price of $1.29, it’s a nice change from the big premium sandwiches that run over a 5 dollars.  The happy hour deal of $1 is an even better bonus.  Too bad the Pizza Slider isn’t a strong recommendation.  At least you’ve got seven other Slider choices to consider.Arby’s missed their mark with the Pizza Slider.  It seemed very different from a lot of the new Arby’s offerings that seem to be well thought out.  This sandwich felt lazy and could have been a lot better without any huge effort.

Pros: Pepperoni, maybe. Nice selection of other Sliders on the menu. $1 between 2-5pm.

Cons: Unnatural marinara aftertaste. Sloppy construction... stacked thin meats hanging out of a small bun. Half-slice of provolone had no melt, no flavor impact amongst the salty meats.

Taste: 3.50/10
Value: 6.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.50/10
Price: $1.29

Overall GrubGrade: 3.75/10

More Info: arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
300 calories, 17 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 930 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbs, 2 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 13 grams of protein.

26 comments on “Review: Pizza Slider from Arby’s

  1. RLB says:

    Huh, crazy. My husband and I love them!

  2. Chris W says:

    Weird, I thought it was awesome and I hope it becomes a permanent menu item.

  3. Jesse says:

    Would it be better if the sauce was in between the meat slices and not soaked into the bread, and they melt the cheese?

  4. Alek says:

    They could had toasted a bit to get it all melty. Grill pressing it would be better. Also using mozzarella to give that pizza vibe.

  5. a says:

    This looks TERRIBLE

  6. Sascha says:

    Wrong, wrong, wrong! Really like this one. Granted, it’s exactly how I expected it, but that’s not a bad thing. As far as a mess, I had no trouble eating to of these in the car. I’ll agree that the bun is too bready, but that’s true of all the sliders, still miss the mighty minis.

  7. Brian says:

    I had the total opposite experience. It looked way better than yours. Perhaps you just got a crappy one by bad luck? I thought these were delicious!

  8. Robert says:

    Ya know, the one you got looks far better to me than the one in the ads. But then again, I can also tell *exactly* what it tastes like. And it sure ain’t pizza. Seems like a really outdated idea — like pizza flavored Pringles or Combos, back from the 80s when EVERYTHING had to be pizza. Of course, those products still exist. This won’t.

  9. Johnnyboy says:

    I’d rather eat a Mama Celeste microwavable pizza before this.

  10. Max says:

    I thought it was really good. 6 slices of meat on a $1 sandwich is impressive these days. If it wasn’t called a “pizza” slider, I feel like this would have been much more well received. I’ll be buying again.

    • Bubbsy says:

      Agreed that it’s a great value, but to be fair: 4-5 slices of pepperoni would be the equivalent of a thin slice of lunchmeat…

      • Sascha says:

        Well, these are the sandwich size slices of pepperoni, not what you typically find on a pizza. So, if Arby’s really wanted to, they could probably get away with two

  11. Jessica O. says:

    Surprised at your review. I really liked the pizza slider (have had several at this point), and I hope they keep it on their slider menu!

  12. Amittai says:

    Finally tried a couple of them today, and was very pleased; will definitely be getting more!

  13. doctorx0079 says:

    Awright, you guys are going to force me to try this. 🙂

  14. jon says:

    Tried it…didn’t like,2.5 outta 5 stars,I’ll keep eating the Buffalo sliders,more meat too!

  15. doctorx0079 says:

    Had one yesterday. I was okay, but I can easily make the same thing at home myself. Nothing stands out about it, just a pepperoni and cheese sandwich.

  16. Sherry Kincaid says:

    Gave it a 4 star out of 10. Left an after taste, could not find the cheese. Arby, stick to what is best, roast beef.

  17. Barbara says:

    If you really want to make it great toast the bun. Who doesn’t like Stoufer’s frozen French bread pizza. Toast the bread!

  18. Sur says:

    Found them to be a greasy mess. Can’t recommend.

  19. Shelly says:

    I have the opposite opinion on the pizza sliders. I very much liked them. I doubt that it was all that healthy for me but neither is pizza. I hope others give them a try.

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