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.

Turkey Italiano Melt SubwaySubway 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.

Turkey Italiano MeltThe 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. Turkey Italiano Melt 2Going 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.

Turkey Italiano Melt 3My 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.

Subway Turkey ItalianoIf 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.

Taste: 5.50/10
Value: 4.50/10
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
Nutrition Facts:
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

18 comments on “Review: Turkey Italiano Melt from Subway

  1. derek says:

    Once again the subway definition of “melt” comes up short. Is there even a point to subway anymore?

    • Raiders757 says:

      I haven’t been to a Subway since 2011 and as I recall, they were really skimpy with the cheese. If things are still the same, I can’t see how they can call anything a “melt” as there is nothing to really there to melt to begin with. Coming up short is an understatement.

  2. aaron says:

    Well, at least it’s still healthy. Subway always has that going for it. Oh wait…..and that’s just half of the sandwich.

  3. JJ says:

    Just for the sake of entertainment, let’s compare:
    Turkey Italiano/Big Mac.
    calories: 540/530
    fat: 30g/27g
    sat. fat: 10g/10g
    cholesterol: 50mg/85mg
    carbs: 45g/47g
    sodium 1490mg/960 mg
    fiber 2g/3g
    protein: 23g/24g

    So this is roughly comparable to a Big Mac which has 15 mg more cholesterol, but the turkey Italiano has nearly 500 mg more sodium even without mayo. So which would you have, the “healthy” Subway turkey italiano or the “unhealthy” Big Mac?

    • Sascha says:

      I think you missed Aaron’s sarcasm a bit there. But to answer your question, I’d much rather have the Turkey Italiano, there is nothing about a Big Mac that I like.

    • MP says:

      I’d still choose the Big Mac. Subway has always been a sodium bomb. I used to say, “Poor Jared…he lost all that weight, but he’s going to die from high blood pressure, hypertension heart attack”.

    • Whatever says:

      I think what you are missing though, is that a lot of people order fries with their big mac, at least I do. But a 6 inch sub from subway, and I am stuffed.

      Ok, neither are good “healthy” options. But come on, you are neglecting the calories/fat/etc in even a small order of fries.

    • Gerald says:

      Obviously pepperoni and salami is going to be a sodium bomb, no matter where you get it. If you’re going to Subway to eat healthy, this is clearly not the sandwich for you. Yet all calories are not created equal, and I would still take this sandwich on whole wheat with a pile of veggies over a Big Mac any day. It’s also a lot more filling.

      If you want to eat a little healthier, just get a turkey sub without the slices of salt-fat, and the calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium is half of that. Pair it with some baked lays instead of fries and it’s a monumental win for fast food.

  4. Ray says:

    Subway is garbage. I wouldn’t feed that to a homeless person.

    • renee says:

      If subway is garbage the why are you looking at this review or going through the trouble to comment

      • MR. Gnarly says:

        To see if others agree with him.Subway sucks! Now time for some Wawa.

      • JJ says:

        That is the purpose of reviews. What if this Subway scored 9/10 and the reviewer raved about it? Then we’d all be running to Subway for lunch. But a 6/10 is fairly mediocre, so it doesn’t seem they have improved their product.

      • MP says:

        Believe it or not, I actually read almost every Grube Grade review – even stuff I can’t get like In-n-Out or Del Taco, but I never know if I’ll be near one some day & I like to read about food. I’ve tried foods I normally wouldn’t have considered because of these reviews. I’ve also skipped foods because of the reviews – be it the pics, the price or critique.
        And yes, Subway sucks & I like to be reminded why they suck. Hard to know what’s going on when you don’t eat at a place often.

  5. Will says:

    The prices just keep getting ridiculous. I would not pay anywhere near the persuasion of $5 for that 6-inch. To think that it was only some 5-7 years ago when I would go to Subway just about all the time, and now I don’t. Really sad, I think.

  6. Bryan says:

    Sure do miss the days of the $5 footlong. That’s not the only slap: they also discontinued their rewards program a few years ago at a time when other chains (like Starbucks) were doubling down on it to gain more customer loyalty. I try to avoid subway these days. When it was bargain food it was a fine choice on a budget. But for today’s prices you can do better elsewhere.

  7. William says:

    I also really miss the days of the $5 dollar footlong, and the $5 dollar footlong of the month. Now some of their footlongs are running around $7.50 or more. The main problem is that they don’t have enough competition as they did when more Quiznos stores were around. At least in the South East PA area. Can’t speak for all areas, but in my area Subway didn’t toast their sandwiches until Quiznos came along, now everyone does. Not a bad thing. Anyway, with their high prices I can’t imagine many people being able to afford them as they could before.

  8. The Drozh says:

    For me, Subway has a consistency problem. I have had very tasty sandwiches at some locations, and the same sandwich was marginal at another store. Sometimes the same store can’t repeat the same offering twice. Similar to the way I regard Pizza Hut, every visit is a crap shoot.

  9. Bree says:

    Had my first Italiano this afternoon…Disappointed. I had to hunt for the other meats in the sandwich. saw the pepperoni fine..but the other 2 that were supposed to be on it? …lets just say at the end of the sandwich I found the turkey.
    Prices are so high that I’m lucky to afford them now once ever 6 months. But boy can they put the lettuce on LOL. Subway you are as high in sodium etc as most other fast foods, but I don’t hold that against you. It’s the cost that has lost me as a customer and that’s just sad. U need to re-think your prices my friends or you are going to go out of business. You just can’t have high prices AND high sodium.

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