Review: Chicken Pizziola Melt from Subway

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Damn, Subway actually made a sandwich that tastes good. It’s the Chicken Pizziola Melt, and it’s part of “The Italian Collection“, which also includes a Meatball Pepperoni Melt and an Italian B.M.T. with genoa salami, spicy pepperoni, and Black Forest ham (why “B.M.T.”? According to Wikipedia, it stands for “biggest, meatiest, tastiest”).Chicken Pizziola Melt SubwaySubway describes the Chicken Pizziola Melt like this:

Our fresh take on Italian. Juicy chicken, zest-errific pepperoni, and our signature recipe marinara sauce toasted with melty cheese on your favorite freshly baked bread. Molto buona!

I chose the Italian Herbs and Cheese bread, opted for the provolone cheese, and said yes to toasting — three things I highly recommend for maximum sandwich enjoyment. Overall, the sandwich was solidly acceptable, and in some bites, where all of the ingredients were in proper proportion, it was legitimately tasty. I even caught myself making happy munching noises while taking down this badboy in such a frenzied hurry that I didn’t bother removing my shoes or earbuds. It was just me, the sandwich, and a lingering sense of shock that it was actually pretty good.

Chicken Pizziola MeltThat pre-cooked, industrial-looking chicken actually works in a sandwich like this, where it’s smothered in sauce and accented by salty, spiced rounds of pepperoni. The provolone melted well, and gave the sandwich some additional flavor (and a creamy, chewy texture in spots), while the sauce, overall, was better than expected, if a touch too sweet and a bit too heavily applied.Chicken Pizziola SubwayEven after toasting, it was still lingering somewhere around room temperature, and made for a sandwich that was too messy to eat anywhere other than seated at a table with easy access to plenty of napkins. I couldn’t even get it out of the wrapper without getting grease and tomato slime on my fingers. Subway Chicken Pizziola MeltYou could add extra veggies on top, but other than some spinach, and (maybe) a few slices of tomato, there’s not much room to up the nutritional value with more veggie roughage. Still, at 450 calories and 15 grams of fat for a 6-inch, it’s much better than the most comparable option, the Meatball Pepperoni Melt, which has 600 calories and almost twice as much fat (29 grams). One beef about this chicken and pork sub: it was a bit short of the advertised 6 inches, but that’s nothing new for Subway. Subway Chicken PizziolaIf you’re looking for something hot, fast, and cheap, Subway’s new Chicken Pizziola Melt is worth taking for a spin, just be sure to grab some extra napkins if you’re taking it to go, and give your reflection a quick once-over before whatever comes after lunch. That marinara sauce tends to migrate away from your mouth.

Pros: Quick and convenient, well-priced, tastes pretty good.

Cons: Unlike most Subway sandwiches, you can’t up the nutritional value by loading it with veggies because most wouldn’t work on this hot, saucy sandwich. It’s also a bit messy, and not convenient to eat on the go.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 8.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $4.25

Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Nutrition Facts: Chicken Pizziola Melt (292 g)
Calories: 450
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 67 g 6 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 75 mg
Sodium: 1250 mg
Total Carbs: 50 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Sugars: 10 g
Protein: 31 g

40 comments on “Review: Chicken Pizziola Melt from Subway

  1. Justin H says:

    Dude, this sub has been around since I was in middle school. Since I’m a college dropout, I wouldn’t exactly call this “new”.

    • Johnny CashstacksMcGee says:

      Do you feel better about being a drop out now that you corrected the reviewer based on your vast knowledge of subway history?

    • MikeD says:

      Not a dude, a chick. But agreed, I had this about 3 years ago. Seems to be a recurring LTO, but if you ask for it, they will make it. Like Taco Bell, same ingredients they already have in house.

      But it was pretty bad (which is typical Subway in my opinion) and not sure why they bother promoting it time and time again.

      This is a fail, and I would recommend all to move on and look for something else, anything else. There is no real taste and certainly no value here. Maybe EJ had a couple drinks before getting this (not so) new sandwich, that would explain why it got anything over a 3.0.

  2. Alex K. says:

    I gotta be reading that wrong… 67 grams of saturated fat in what I’m guessing is a 6″ sub? Is it supposed to be 6.7? Even that seems low though.

  3. M86 says:

    I haven’t had Subway in a long time, but I would feel the need to add some sort of veggies to this one.

    Side note: I can’t stand Subway subs when they are toasted. The bread just turns into a dry, crumbly mess, but hey, to each their own! 🙂

    Side note 2: You mentioned the BMT… A few days ago, I ordered an Italian from Firehouse Subs (it was my first time tasting salami… I think I’m hooked now).

  4. Jake says:

    What’s the price for the footlong of the Chicken Pizziola? Thanks.

  5. MP says:

    That looks like a 5″ sub to me & I guarantee they won’t have the Italian Herbs and Cheese bread on hand. Such is Subway.

    • Mikey D says:

      You’ll survive with the other bread options, its not the end of the world.

      • MP says:

        Yes but it pisses me off when they don’t have what I want. I once had to get a roast beef on sweet Honey Oat loaf because it was all they had & it was terrible. Subway is such cheap garbage anyway & only got its popularity from Jared Fogle.

        • MikeD says:

          You didn’t have to get that. You could have left. It was still your choice. So yes, you could complain about their lack of options, but ultimately you decided to still purchase a sandwich from them. So you really can’t blame anyone but yourself on that one.

    • EightSixSevenFiveThree0Nine says:

      Think thats bad I boycotted quiznos when they added rosemary

  6. pilar buford says:

    I had that sandwhich two years ago, and its been my fav ever since Iam just glad its back with a cheaper price, so I wont have it pay for extra meat.

  7. Robert says:

    I despise lunchmeat, but if I had to get something from Subway (besides the VeggieMax or the falafel which I haven’t even tried), this would be it. OH WHY NOT I’ll go tomorrow. Thanks, blog!

    • MikeD says:

      I hope you didn’t. I respect EJ’s reviews, but I had this a few years ago and it was horrible, at best. Typically dry (i.e. microwaved previously frozen) chicken, etc. There are much better choices, even at Subway, so I hope you were kidding.

  8. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    I like it with green peppers, spinach, and sometimes onions added.

  9. Gilly says:

    I like how there’s marinara sauce on the ruler.

  10. JMfanman says:

    I honestly can’t believe people still go to subway when tehre are better options like Jersey Mikes around. Do people really go and eat a sandwich like this? Wow people go eat at a place like jersey mikes or firehouse where they make real food.

    • Mikey D says:

      Did you ever once consider that there are people that live in places that don’t have Jersey Mikes or Firehouse nearby? Once? Instead of being pretentious and acting like Subway isn’t “real food”, think about others for a change.

      • Jmfanman says:

        There are very few places in the country that doesn’t have a better sub place besides Subway within driving distance. Subway isn’t real food its all processed. I honestly feel bad and feel pity for those who chose Subway over real food options like Jersey Mikes, Firehouse, or Which Witch.

      • MikeD says:

        I agree with your comment about other (better) options being available. Not all franchises are available in every region, so it does get old when people brag about other options when they really are not options for most people.

        Having said that, people have a choice. If Subway is your only choice, you can choose Subway or not. While you might not have an option, you always have the option of not eating there (or any other place that fits the bill).

        People seem to gravitate to the chains, ever if there are no other options, forgetting about the fact the option is to just not go there and eat something else. Or in this case, find a local deli, or a supermarket with a deli, or get your own cold cuts and make your own sandwich.

        It all comes down to choice, and while all of us will never agree, some of us just make bad choices.

      • EightSixSevenFiveThree0Nine says:

        As nice as FH has been they make quiznos look cheap & unless you order ahead it seems like they take forever that id rather go to mr. Sub

  11. Chefprotoss says:

    Wow, I would have thought this would suck hard. The only time I ever get Subway is out of convenience, but I might try this next time.

    • MikeD says:

      This is the one rare time I would have to agree with you (at least your initial thought). It does suck hard, so unless you try it and for some reason think otherwise, yes, it sucks hard. And not in a good way. 😉

  12. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Heat and lots of sauce tends to make bad things passable or even good.

  13. Because_racecar says:

    Well, I tried this based on your review. You had me salivating lol

    I got it exactly the way you did and it was…horrible! Just no flavor at all, extremely bland. I got a $7 footlong so not too happy about that.

    Oh well. Just sucks cuz I am still hungry lol

    • Mikey D says:

      Really? It was horrible? Or is that just an exaggeration? I have a hard time believing it was so bad when you are laughing out loud so much.

      Between the two of us…which Subway competitor do you work at?

      • Jmfanman says:

        Mikey D do you work at Subway? You really seem to be defending Subway tooth and nail here. Are you going to deny Subway is bland food that isn’t considered real? Next are you going to tell me the best burger in the world resides at McDonalds?

        • MikeD says:

          I don’t think either work for any franchise sub shop, I agree with BR that this is a horrible sandwich and of course Mikey D (no relation) just goes off on him, but offers nothing in regard to Subway or the sandwich. So if I had to choose between the two, Mikey D is a Sandwich Artist. BR is just a realist.

          When I was real young I loved Subway. Why? It was the only option in walking distance. OnceI grew up and got a car, well Subway hasn’t even been in my rear view mirror. It’s so far back it’s just a speck of dust!

        • Mikey D says:

          Nope, never worked there. I just get tired of all the Subway bashing on here. Everytime there is a Subway post, all these people come out just saying its terrible, its awful, and the only reason is because its a Subway post. I still don’t understand you saying its not considered real food. Sure, its a cheaper, lower quality sandwich, but saying its horrible is an exaggeration.

  14. Joey F says:

    Can’t stand how much sauce they use on everything, even if you just get mayo or mustard they use too much in my opinion.

  15. rondoman says:

    Mikey D really?

    Is your life that sad you have to demean people for dissing on Subway?

  16. Ashley says:

    Looks like it would be 6″ if the ruler was placed at the start of the sandwich.

  17. EightSixSevenFiveThree0Nine says:

    Yep then it went away cameback as a local menu for quite a while then got burried in the list thankfully its listed for online ordering sadly its one of the pricer sandwhiches best for when the coupon mailer comes out.

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