Fast Food Review: Classic Italian Toasted Sub from Arby’s

If you are a follower of GrubGrade, you will notice that we have done reviews on Arby’s line of Roastburgers and also their line of Market Fresh Sandwiches.   We all know that Arby’s is much more than Roast Beef, and this is proven even further by their line of  4 Toasted Subs:  the Philly Beef, French Dip and Swiss, the Classic Italian and the Turkey Bacon Club.  Months ago, Arby’s was offering these subs at 2/$4.00 (with the purchase of a small drink), it was a deal that was hard to pass up.  Too bad the regular price is $4.09 for the sandwich alone.  So anyways, the first sub on our plate is the Classic Italian Toasted Sub.

Classic Italian Toasted Sub from Arby's

Arby’s describes this sub as:  

Prepared fresh when you order, this Italian classic starts with thinly sliced ham, salami, pepperoni, and melted cheese on a perfectly toasted ciabatta roll.  Then we pile on banana peppers,  mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and red onion.  Lastly, a drizzle of red wine vinaigerette will leave you wanting more.

The ciabatta roll is really what makes these toasted subs avoid getting a failing grade.   A lot of times, when places claim their rolls are toasted, it’s hard to tell that they are.  On this sub, as you can see from the picture, the roll is definitely toasted. There is a crisp crunch and the toast marks aren’t just for looks.  Italian sandwiches are packed full of flavor because of the various salty meats involved and generous use of dressing.  If you truly want to enjoy this sub though, you need to like Italian dressing.   My sub was overflowing with the red wine vinaigerette.   There is a good combination of meats, ham, salami and pepperoni, in just the right amounts.  The other ingredients, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato and red onion, add a little more punch to the flavor.  Arby’s does a decent job with the freshness of their veggies but I had a problem with the lettuce.  Not that it wasn’t fresh, it’s just that the shredded lettuce used is a bit of a failure adding nothing more than the sensation of eating the grass found in Easter baskets. 🙂  Is there any sandwich out there that benefits from tasteless, shredded iceburg lettuce?  Something else that I feel isn’t quite right or just flat out unnecessary is that the sandwich includes mayo.  I don’t think it is needed with everything else going on and just adds unneeded fat/calories to the sub.  (Although I’m not sure this sandwich is great choice overall, if you are watching your fat/cal intake).  You can be the judge of it, but the mayo doesn’t add anything extra but the bad stuff.

Arby's Italian Toasted Sub

I have had all four of the toasted subs, and this one isn’t my favorite and is a tough purchase at $4.09 in my opinion.  The Market Fresh line of sandwiches are a better buy.  If you’re interested in this particular toasted sub, look out for it if you have a coupon or if it’s priced lower in a promotion.

Arby's Classic Italian Toasted Sub

Pros: Great, toasted ciabatta roll. Decent amount/combination of meats.

Cons: Not for grubbing on the go. Mess of shredded lettuce doesn't add much to the experience. Mayo. Pricey.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 3.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.25/10
Price: $4.09

Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10

More Info: Arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 590
Fat - 30g
Saturated Fat - 8g
Cholesterol - 55mg
Sodium - 1870 mg
Carbs - 57g
Sugars - 5g
Dietary Fiber - 3g
Protein - 24g

7 comments on “Fast Food Review: Classic Italian Toasted Sub from Arby’s

  1. Marvo says:

    I would like to say, I HATE the shredded lettuce Arby’s puts in these sandwiches.

  2. Yum Yucky says:

    Hmmm. That shredded lettuce may be the deal breaker.

  3. Gary says:

    Nice post Heather. I agree with you about the mayo and shredded lettuce. It’s funny you brought up the Market Fresh sandwiches because those actually use decent leaf lettuce…not the pale iceberg shavings. It’s like the lettuce was put through a paper shredder…and iceberg barely has a taste anyways.

  4. Scott says:

    Now that you know you don’t like the lettuce and the mayo on the sub, you could always just ask for it to be taken off. I work at an Arby’s and we get special orders for the food all the time, so that would be no big deal. You can even ask for the italian red wine dressing to be on the side so you can add it yourself to your liking. We have lots of customers who ask for leaf lettuce instead of the shredded on their food, so that’s not a big deal either. You’d be surprised at how willing Arby’s is to make your food the way you want it.

    Also, it looks like the store you went to is a franchise, because they didn’t cut the sub in half. Franchisee’s tend to make up their own rules and prices as they go along, so sometimes you’ll get something a little different than what you’d get at a corporate store where they are all the same. For instance at our store, the subs are all priced at $3.99 (I know it’s only 10 cents cheaper than what you bought) however in our region we have coupons that are mailed out every two weeks like clockwork, and out of the 20 coupons there is always one to get the subs 2 for $5.

    Here’s a neat trick if you want to save money at Arby’s, you don’t always need a current coupon to get sale prices. This works best if you are in drive-through. Just mention you would like a coupon deal that they currently offer (such as the sub one above, or 4 for $5 regular roast beefs, 3 for $5 Beef and Cheddars) and they will ring it up and give you the coupon price. When you get to the window to pay, just mention that you must have left the coupon at home or that you can’t find it. They will just let you have the food at the coupon price.

    Another great tip, Arby’s is one of the only places that will happily take expired coupons. If it’s a product that we still sell, the corporate policy is to take the coupon and make the customer happy. I’ve taken coupons from customers that were 8 years old. Just be sure that they’re not for limited time items that aren’t sold year round, such as Arby-Q’s or Fish Sandwiches. Again, this can vary at Franchise store’s, but usually they will accept the coupon to make you happy.

  5. Heather says:

    @Gary-Thanks!
    @Scott-Thanks for the tips, I’ll have to try them out and see how it works at my local Arby’s.

  6. wibia says:

    It doesn’t look all that bad. For $4.09, I woudl agree that it is pricey, but Arby’s is pricey unless you have coupons or take a promo.

  7. Christine says:

    I LOVE this sub, its my favorite thing at Arby’s. 2nd place goes to the french dip, and I like to add Horsey sauce to that. Plus you can’t beat 2 for 5$