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.
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.
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.
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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: Arbys.com
Calories - 590
Fat - 30g
Saturated Fat - 8g
Cholesterol - 55mg
Sodium - 1870 mg
Carbs - 57g
Sugars - 5g
Dietary Fiber - 3g
Protein - 24g