Review: Pizza Slider from Arby’s
Pizza… even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. I wish I could say the same for Arby’s new Pizza Slider. At least it was only a dollar and change.
Arby’s describes their new Pizza Slider like this:
Arby’s Pizza Slider has the same pepperoni, provolone cheese, genoa salami and roasted garlic marinara that you love on your regular sized pizza, but it’s a slider now. The future is now.
The line-up of Sliders at Arby’s has reached an impressive number. At last count, the variety sits at eight options. Each Slider is priced at $1.29 at my local Arby’s in Maryland and between the hours of 2-5pm, they’re just a buck. I’ve tried most of the Sliders and this new one unfortunately has to rank at the very bottom for me.
I ordered two Pizza Sliders and both were a big, sloppy mess. The components go like this… roasted garlic marinara on each bun, three slices of pepperoni, a half slice of provolone, and three slices of Genoa salami. I had to dismantle and reconstruct the sandwich to get it to appear somewhat presentable and even then it wasn’t much fun to eat. Other than the pepperoni, none of the other ingredients really gave me a good pizza vibe. The “robust” roasted garlic marinara was off-putting with a very unnatural aftertaste. The think and waxy provolone had zero impact and even if it did, it doesn’t really scream pizza like melted mozzarella would. The mix of Genoa salami and pepperoni made for the bulk of the flavors which sorta hit me over the head with a salty sour taste that could only be cut by the overly bready split top bun.At a price of $1.29, it’s a nice change from the big premium sandwiches that run over a 5 dollars. The happy hour deal of $1 is an even better bonus. Too bad the Pizza Slider isn’t a strong recommendation. At least you’ve got seven other Slider choices to consider.Arby’s missed their mark with the Pizza Slider. It seemed very different from a lot of the new Arby’s offerings that seem to be well thought out. This sandwich felt lazy and could have been a lot better without any huge effort.
Pros: Pepperoni, maybe. Nice selection of other Sliders on the menu. $1 between 2-5pm.
Cons: Unnatural marinara aftertaste. Sloppy construction... stacked thin meats hanging out of a small bun. Half-slice of provolone had no melt, no flavor impact amongst the salty meats.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 3.75/10
More Info: arbys.com
300 calories, 17 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 930 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbs, 2 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 13 grams of protein.