Review: Subway Flatizzas (Veggie, Spicy Italian) & Never Visit a Subway the Day after a Wedding in Brooklyn

Junk Food Nation, I’m feeling better!  Thank you, impressive immune system (yep, only took you a week).  Of course, I didn’t help my body that I stayed up the past two nights to watch the UCONN sweep of both men’s and women’s basketball, but whatever. WHATEVER. I do what I want.

Quick story: A couple of Sundays ago, when I was in Brooklyn for a wedding, I drank a lot. I mean, open bar weddings are ALL of our downfalls, amiright? Anyways, when I woke up Sunday morning, I was RICKETY.  “Im alive” I thought. “Lying face down on mattress wearing suit pants and no shirt, but alive.” Shoes, phone, wallet…all nearby, intact. Good.  No headache, but the room was spinning. “NICE,” I thought. “No hangover, no problems!” As I got up to stand and the room turned upside down, I thought, “YEP. STILL DRUNK.”

As I gathered myself, it was clear that to settle my stomach, to help get my feet back on the ground, there was only one thing I wanted/needed: a Coke.  So, I walked outside with my friends in search of a Coke. The alcohol made my attention fuzzy, because I walked right by a Duane Reade. I didn’t realize until I was a half block past the store, and thought, “Half block? …..IT’S TOO LATE TO GO BACK. ONWARD.”

Finally, I reached a Subway sandwich store.  It was about 11:00am on a Sunday morning, but it was open, and I knew they’d have fountain Coke.  Let’s do this, I thought, as I entered the bread-aroma-ed establishment.  I waited in line behind, what appeared to be, a young Eastern European couple. They seemed very nice. They didn’t speak English that well.  And they had ordered one of the new Chicken Enchilada Melts …you know, one of the subs that has *gulp* Fritos on it.

The sandwich artist was also someone who didn’t speak English well.  Which, whatever, it didn’t stop him from understanding the couple’s order.  But it perhaps stopped him from pointing out what a HUGE MISTAKE the couple was making. Because I watched this couple construct the most disgusting sandwich I’d ever seen. The couple would just point at things and say, “uhh…this.” And the sandwich artist would dutifully slather it onto the PULLED CHICKEN AND ENCHILADA SAUCE AND FRITOS:

“uhhh….this.” (ranch dressing) *squirt*

“uhhh….this.” (jalapenos) *sprinkle*

“uhhh….this.” (barbecue sauce) *squiiiiiiiirrrrrrrt*

“uhhh….this.” (red onions) *sprinkle sprinkle*

“uhhh….this.” (hot peppers) *sprinkle sprinkle sprinkle*

“uhhh….this.” (brown mustard) *squuuuuuuuuuiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrt*

After seeing this sequence of events when all I wanted to do was to BUY A GODDAMN COKE, my stomach was lurching. I left the Subway; my friends asked, “Where’s your Coke?” I told them we needed to leave before I got sick.

Lesson: Never visit the Subway on Bedford Avenue in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the day after a wedding. EVER.

Since we’re ON the topic of Subway, I tried something that was discussed on the Nosh Show: New Subway Flatizzas!

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: TOTALLY EDGY!

New Subway Flatizzas were purchased in my home neighborhood in DC.  This was the placard above the counter….see the note for “Round Cheese Pizza, $4.00?” I saw some people getting these…basically forgoing the Flatizza entirely and just adding toppings to a pre-made frozen round pizza. CHEATERS.

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: spread that sauce

The sandwich artist dutifully sliced in half a flatbread and started to apply sauce to the squares.  I personally like a lot of sauce, but he only added a small ladle.

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: Laying down the spicy

For the New Subway Spicy Italian Flatizzas, the dude sliced up some pepperoni and salami and carefully placed them all over the first square…

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: Covered

…then he dutifully covered it with cheese. He didn’t ask me if I wanted anything else on there, which sucked.  How ’bout some more pepperoni on top, huh?

BTW, the employees were giving me the hairy eyeball for taking pictures of them doing their work. I tried to be sneaky about it, but they definitely noticed. “What? Taking pictures? No I’m just looking at my music on my iPhone! I always look at music holding my iPhone way out in front of my, touching the screen.” WOOP.

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: The veggie

And this is how the veggie one looked, pre-fired in the toaster oven. The veggies added: tomato, green pepper, red onion, black olive.

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: The Box Shot

New Subway Flatizzas came in cute little boxed.  Cute, stained, little boxes.

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: The Money Shot

And there they are!  Post oven-firing.  My two New Subway Flatizzas.  Hm.  Let’s analyze.

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: The Veggie

This new New Veggie Subway Flatizza was a mess.  And it didn’t start out that way – when it came out of the oven, the sandwich artist tried to cut it and ended up shoving all the toppings off of the surface into the walls of the box.  I watched as he grabbed the lumps with his fingers and tried to spread it out onto the flatbread.  It’s cool – he was wearing gloves.  But needless to say, this was a messy experience.

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: Veggie closeup

The New Veggie Subway Flatizza tasted OK – the theme of today’s post is going to be NOT HOT ENOUGH.  The flatbread itself was not crisp, at all, and was just sort of warm when I held it.  Because it was not crisp, the floppiness of each quarter piece forced me to bend it in half, like I was eating a pizza taco.

The sauce was so-so – sweet and tomato-ey, but no real flavor otherwise (italian, basil, etc.)  The cheese had the nice burn marks, and had melted, but the veggies felt undercooked.  Flavor-wise, however, it tasted like a traditional deluxe pizza – which I liked!

So, I think this Veggie Flatizza COULD’VE been good, but the undercooking influenced its poor performance this time – food temp, crispness, and veggie done-ness were all an issue.

Moving onto the Spicy Italian Flatizza!

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas: Spicy Italian

When the New Subway Spicy Italian Flatizza came out of the oven, I told the dude NOT to cut it.  Good thing – the integrity was maintained!  I think the cheese also melted more evenly in this version because the lay-flat pieces of meat didn’t create any inconsistency on the surface.  This looked like a legit pizza.

New Subway Flatizzas

New Subway Flatizzas” Spicy Italian Closeup

I liked this New Spicy Italian Subway Flatizza better than the Veggie one, for sure.  The melting of the cheese helped, and perhaps the oil from the meat, mixing with the tomato sauce and cheese, gave it a much better pizza flavor than the other.  This pizza still had a problem with crispness, however.  The flatbread was basically just warm, and very chewy.

Not much else to say about this.  Kind of tasted like a Red Baron pizza, which wasn’t bad.  Nothing too wow-ing about it.  Solid, meaty, bread/cheese/sauce/meat bites.  That’s a great description, no?

All in all, these Flatizzas weren’t bad, if they could just be toasted for a LITTLE bit longer. I don’t know how those toaster ovens work; maybe putting these through two cycles would light the place on fire.  I’m a solid MEH in evaluating these.

Have you had these yet, Junk food Nation, and if so, what do you think? Tell me below.

PURCHASED AT: Subway

COST: 2 for $5.  But really $5.50.  Lame.

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Sincerely,

Junk Food Guy

Discuss - 21 Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    A former Subway employee once told me you can always ask for more on the veggies and sauce as it costs them next to nothing. I can always get extra tomatoes and buffalo sauce so I’m sure it applies to Flatizzas as well.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Jessica: ah, extra veg — That’s actually a great tip, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it. I mean, of course for sandwiches….but that I could ask for the same for the Flatizzas is GENIUS. Hmmm – maybe I gotta try this

  2. Mike N. says:

    I haven’t tried these yet, and won’t be going out of my way to, but I do like even ‘meh’ pizza.

    And so did you check your final ranking in the billion dollar bracket challenge? I came in number 1,915,229. Woo hoo! But hey, that means about 7 million people did worst than me. I just wanna know if I beat JunkFoodTheGreek!

  3. The ads for these make me inappropriately (and loudly) enraged, much to the consternation of the wife. You’re making a flatbread PIZZA, pizza is pronounced “peet-za”, not “peeza”, so your mashed up word should be pronounced “flat-eet-za”, not “flateeza” unless you normally pronounce PIZZA as “peeza” like no one does.

    The only thing that generally enrages me more with food advertising is the STUPID FRICKIN’ “$5 Buck Box” is a FRICKIN’ 5 BUCK BUCK BOX, YOU MORONS!

  4. MP says:

    So it’s an undercooked pita pizza. I’d take these home, put more cheese, herbs & toppings on it and crisp it up in the oven. Or I would just, you know, get a real pizza instead.

  5. alek says:

    I won’t get that! Subway should stick what they are good at subs. They could have crisped up the flatbread first then sauced it up

  6. Steve Shrader says:

    You have let me down, junkfoodguy. Going to Subway is bad enough to begin with, as you can’t get the bread exhaust fume smell off of your clothes… but then you go the extra step and buy a Flatizza? One of my coworkers says that the day she buys a Flatizza at the Subway near our office is the same day that she submits her resignation, as her purchase signifies that she clearly has given up on life. I am in complete agreement. Alcohol is not an excuse in this situation.

  7. Steve Shrader says:

    You voluntarily ate not one, but two Flatizzas. What am I missing here?

  8. LB says:

    Hey. I’m doing a survey for my seminar in marketing research class. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone could take the survey and help me out. Thanks!

    http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/1622646/Fast-food-Consumption-Among-College-Students

  9. SH says:

    I personally love the flatizza. I hope it’s here to stay. I don’t have the same problems as you seemed to have. Here (in no particular order) are some reasons why:

    Topping integrity: it seems they skimped on cheese. In my experience, there’s a lot more, and maybe this holds the veggies on more.

    Sauce: They’re skimping here too. I don’t like much sauce, so I ask them to go light, meaning the one scoop you get. If I skip this step I get a generous slathering of two scoops.

    Vegetable “done-ness”: The veggies at my favorite Subway are razor thin. I was told they must be put under the cheese, or else the convection oven will literally blow them away. They come out just exactly right that way. They were entirely too raw the one time I strayed to a different Subway with thick-cut veggies.

    Crust Crispness: This is hit or miss for me. Sometimes it’s crisp; sometimes it’s not. But I’m not bothered by a soft chewy crust.

    In summation: sounds like the Subway you went to sucks. I love flatizza and hope it stays forever.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @SH: +1!

      GREAT comment review. Thanks for writing – yeah it sounds like my Subway DID suck. More cheese, sauce, thinner veggies, cooked under cheese – I mean, yeah, that’d be great! Your enthusiasm makes me want to try it again

  10. RS says:

    Ha ha too funny! Ive worked at subway for past 7 months! They are supposed to cook the flatbread in oven before you fix the flatizza! We cook them in oven we cook the bread in first ahead of time! Ive always known that that is the way u are supposed to make em! As far as the sauce yes they tell us to put one lite scoop but i pile it on lol unless a customer request lite sauce… and for cheese i pile it up lol we are only suppose to do one scoop but even our scoop should leave plent of cheese on there… Wonder if they used the scoop! To help the flavor i ask people do they want oregano on it cuz if not its bland to me! Put oregano on the sauce and meat before veggies! We actually have had complaints its too crispy and majority of our customers prefer the cheat round pizza! But then there are some who are faithful to their flatizzas! You either love or hate the things lol!

  11. Jordan says:

    I also work at Subway, and I can faithfully say you scared the shit out of those employees with your photo taking, haha. But yeah you’re supposed to cook the flat bread before hand and place it directly on the toaster oven stone. Many subways, at least all in my area, got a special stone to do this on as the flatizzas came out. And the pronunciation is fucked up, I agree.

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