Friday Fun: Review of Subway’s Flatizza

Friday Fun: Review of Subway's Flatizza, 10.0 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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I don’t eat at Subway very often.  I don’t particularly enjoy eating yoga mats, and their sandwiches just don’t do a whole lot for me.  If I am going to eat a sub sandwich, I far prefer Jimmy John’s.  But I have always had a soft spot for pizza and fast food chains have repeatedly – with mixed results –  tried to get into the pizza business over the years.

I actually liked the McPizza that McDonald’s tried serving up in the late 1980s.  But it didn’t catch on with customers and McDonald’s abandoned it.  I do remember McPizza hanging on well into the 1990s at a truck stop McDonalds off US 42 and I-70 near Plain City, Ohio.

Subway actually had a decent pizza on its menu at some locations over the past few years.  I remember my sister-in-law turning up her nose at my ordering of a Subway pizza only to be looking longingly at it by the end of lunch and eventually ordering one herself.

But now that decent pizza has been replaced with Flatizza, which I ordered yesterday for lunch. $3 for a Flatizza seemed harmless.  Although the lady behind the counter talked me into two for $5.

First of all, there is the name.  It’s absurd and I found myself getting mildly annoyed  at having to try to butcher through that odd name while ordering.  Of course a pizza is going to be flat.  This would be like naming a burger the Roundurger or fried chicken the Crispyhicken.  It just seems silly.  If the best, most prominent thing you can think to trumpet about your pizza is that it is flat, I guess I should have known there was trouble ahead. (As an aside, for a long time our hometown hospital had billboards up and down I-75 advertising “Free Wifi” throughout the hospital…..c’mon, how about “great cardiac unit!” or “come here to conquer cancer!”…if the best thing the hospital can think to advertise about itself is free wi-fi, then like the Flatizza, there’s trouble)   How about Thinizza, because, for starters, the pizza is terribly thin.  You could probably hold the crust up to sunlight and read a newspaper through it.  Not exactly a filling meal.   And maybe I have been spoiled by too many of Rachel’s thick, flavorful homemade pizza crusts, but this tasted bland and dull, like I was munching on the newspaper I’d try to read through the crust.   Subway attempts to compensate for the flavor-free crust by smothering it in a supersweet tomato sauce and then burying that in cheese. I got the cheese and the veggie version, but they have meat versions too.  They probably try to bury them in meats to compensate for the cardboard crust.

So,there’s not much else to say….by the time I got to the last square of the pizza the crust had gotten quite soggy and the cheese was dripping over the edge like grout that hadn’t been properly applied.  In the veggie version, the veggies were so smothered in cheese that I couldn’t tell whether I was eating a pepper, an onion, or a stray meatball from the sub that was being prepared in front of me.

So, my verdict: if you want pizza, skip the Flatizza.



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The Discussion

  1. Kate Sparks says:

    Would you share Rachel’s receipe for pizza? Or have you done so already?

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  2. If you read the book The Unhealthy Truth you will never eat at Subway……or eat Goldfish crackers…..or drink Gatorade….etc…etc…our FDA allows chemicals in our food that other countries say are against the law….a preservative that is a fire retardent…….

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  3. Joe Blust says:

    Kevin I completely agree with you. I also wanted to try the flatizza and got the 2 for 5 special. I got the cheese and pepperoni and boy was that a mistake. The girl couldn’t even cut the flat pizza with a pizza cutter it was so hard. Then they said they couldn’t put any sauce around the whole thing so 1 inch was only bread. I sent Sub Way a message telling them of my plight and all I got was ok Thank you. I have not been back to a Sub Way since. The only Sub Way that I would eat was the meat ball sub. which wasn’t bad, at least you got 8-9 meat balls and plenty of sauce to soak up the bun with. So Sub Way is out of the question and especially the flat bread stuff……

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  4. Linda from KY says:

    I actually like the Flatizza. The reason it’s called that is not to advertise that it’s flat, but because it’s prepared on flat bread instead of on a pizza crust. If you were expecting an actual pizza crust it’s little wonder you were disappointed.

    I tried it for the first time on Monday. I went for the 2 for $5 deal and bought the veggie and cheese version. I ate one and gave the other one to my daughter who works a couple of doors down from the Subway where I ate. We both enjoyed them very much.

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  5. Fluffyturtle says:

    I have tried the flatizza several times. I don’t care for the sauce. Mine was made with the veggies on top of the cheese with perhaps a little cheese on top of them. The sauce was spread out almost to the edges and the pizza was toasted crisp. Our Subways have not replaced the pizza with flatizza. The original round pizzas are still available. There seems to be no one way to make them, though, as each time I ordered on it was made a little differently in regards to number of each of the toppings and amount of extra cheese added. I am not thrilled with them because the sauce does not taste like pizza sauce and has a weird sweet taste, IMHO, but they are a cheap fast food alternative. I might try one again, but ask them to use the meatball sauce.

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    • Good to know about the original round ones being available, because I do like those!:)

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