Review: Turkey Italiano Melt from Subway
Subway’s latest sandwich promotion is the new Turkey Italiano Melt. If you’re familiar with the Subway Italian B.M.T., it’s kind of similar. Take everything that’s standard on the Italian B.M.T. and replace the Black Forest Ham with sliced turkey breast and add provolone. There’s also the new Subway Vinaigrette in the mix. Let’s review.
Subway describes their new Turkey Italiano Melt like this:
Tender turkey breast, oven-roasted to perfection. With genoa salami, spicy pepperoni, melty provolone and tangy NEW SUBWAY® Vinaigrette. All on freshly baked bread and with your favorite veggies to make it a sandwich like no other.
As I’ve mentioned in previous Subway reviews, I order my sandwich exactly how I see it represented on the menu picture. The description reads “freshly baked bread and with your favorite veggies” so of course go ahead and customize all you want, but for the reviewed product I’m ordering what I see in the promotional material.
The Turkey Italiano Melt features sliced turkey breast, genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese and the new Subway Vinaigrette and as for veggies there’s lettuce, tomato, red onions, and green peppers. I chose the 6″ sandwich on the standard Italian white bread. The price for my 6″ Turkey Italiano Melt was $4.50. Going for the Footlong priced at $6.75 is the far better deal of course. Going with turkey breast over ham tames the salty deli meat content down a tad yet there’s still that sharp flavor punch from the salami and mild spice from the razer thin deli-style pepperoni slices. Oven-roasted turkey breast is clearly the flavor underdog in this trio of meats and its value is only found in the added protein and its ability bring some evenness to the sandwich. A few slices of salami and a few slices of deli-style pepperoni would probably be better suited to be balanced with five or six slices of turkey to truly feel like an even sandwich. There’s no way six sliced of turkey will be heading to a sandwich like this without an upcharge so in the end, the turkey mainly has little impact. Needless to say this isn’t high-quality meat so the saltier/spicier meats will do their best to hide the flaws.
My Italian bread had a bunch of crusty dry spots which I found to be useless. I picked apart the toasty pieces of bark and set them aside and kept going. There wasn’t enough provolone to really give me the whole “Melt” vibe I was looking for. I think most of what I’ve come to expect from Subway is the same choices, flavors, and quality so if the Sandwich Artist really does a decent job at putting my food together, I’d give bonus points. Since the provolone could only be spotted by picking apart the sandwich, the sandwich melt feel was totally missing. As for the veggies, they’re expectedly hit or miss at Subway. I strolled in just before 11am and got some OK produce. The color was off on some of the green peppers, one of the tomatoes was on the mushy side, the lettuce was sad and the red onions lacked its usual potency. I did enjoy the new Subway Vinaigrette which is a blend of the usual suspects… oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic, black pepper. Not sure how much of an impact it will be to promote a new Subway Vinaigrette… there just isn’t much wow-factor with oil and vinegar. It coated the sandwich meats and veggies evenly and had a nice thickness. I hate when a vinaigrette is too watery or doesn’t have enough seasoning to it… but sometimes they just need to shake the bottle.
If you’re a fan of the Subway Italian B.M.T., you’ll find enough to like with the Turkey Italiano Melt. The role the Turkey Italiano Melt plays as a “new” sandwich is really only coming from the updated oil and vinegar dressing known as “New Subway Vinaigrette” so yeah, I don’t that being a huge selling point. This sandwich feels all too familiar and if you’re looking for an exciting new product you better look elsewhere.
Pros: New Subway Vinaigrette has a nice consistency and it's seasoned well.
Cons: Didn't get a great melt. Bread issues. Not enough new in the "new" Turkey Italiano Melt.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $4.50 for the 6" and $6.75 for the Footlong
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: subway.com
6 inch with Italian bread, green peppers, lettuce, red onions, tomatoes
Calories - 540
Total Fat - 30 grams
Saturated Fat - 10 grams
Cholesterol - 50 milligrams
Carbs - 45 grams
Sodium - 1490 milligrams
Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 23 grams