If you’ve ever seen a secret menu item that gave you a feeling of déjà vu – there’s likely a reason. Oftentimes, when a restaurant discontinues a fan-favorite, customers will get creative and find ways to come up with a similar item to replace it. Then, it goes on the secret menu so loyal foodies can get their fix. It’s not rocket science, either. If a restaurant has the ingredients on hand, there’s no real reason they can’t continue to prepare it. And that’s exactly what happened with the Subway Secret Menu Pizza Sub.
What Is The Subway Pizza Sub?
Back in the day, one of Subway’s hot-ticket items was called the Pizza Sub. It was just as it sounds – a sub stuffed with pizza toppings like pepperoni, shredded cheese, marinara, and veggies. However, the sub was pulled from the menu in 2012, which is right around when it officially made it onto the secret menu.
For years, people have continued to order the pizza sub regardless of its menu status. But recently, Subway added a new sandwich to the menu that gave the Pizza Sub a run for its money – the Pizza Sub Melt. What the heck is the difference? Well, other than the name, there isn’t any. The Pizza Sub Melt is advertised as an Italian sandwich with marinara sauce, pepperoni, and cheese. The promo photo shows some red onions and peppers, so it must taste decent with a pile of veggies on top. They also recommend it toasted, which only makes sense because who wants to eat an uncooked pizza?
I realize this probably crushed all your hopes and dreams for ordering the pizza sub from the secret menu. But hey, when Subway decides to discontinue this one, too, you can be the first to claim you added the Pizza Melt to the underground list of subs.
Here’s something else to consider: when it comes to Subway, however, the secret menu isn’t as relevant because everything’s already customizable. Heck, most of the time I order anything from the restaurant, it’s a creation from my own brain and not from their menu. But it sounds cooler if you ask for the Secret Menu Pizza Sub.
Umm bud, the Pizza Sub is very much part of the menu, I work at subway and it’s on the physical menu. People order it all the time. But you won’t find the Subway Club here anymore.
Oh and about the sub pricing, it does matter, it want to customize a sub, go for it, but you can easily end up paying $12+ a sandwich if you do so. A chicken bacon ranch is $9.35, but if it was priced as a chicken strip sub with bacon and extra cheese that would be a little over $13.
I live in Palo Alto, California. In order to get someone to make a pizza sub, I have to walk them through the process — and that is only if you find someone willing to make it.
Usually, the employees are perfectly willing to make one. They usually charge the same price as a Spicy Italian (after all, it consists of pepperoni, marinara and cheese).
However, the managers or owners are a different story. For some reason, they are willing to make one — but only if I pay like $15 for it. It is as if they want to nickel and dime me for pepperoni, the sauce and even the cheese.
Consequently, I will avoid local Subway restaurants unless I am sure that a manager or owner is NOT present in the store. My most recent experiences with Subway have mostly been bad. Not only are the managers and owners a problem, but there is terrible inconsistency in everything from the availability of cookies to how one employee makes a sandwich over another.
In fact, I ate a pizza sub yesterday. However, it was the first time in a year that I had been to Subway. This is because of owner/manager meddling in my orders (and overcharging me) AND the fact that local gourmet sandwich shops offer MUCH better sandwiches for even lower prices.
Subway (as a corporation) needs to enforce consistency in the menu and quality of their restaurants. Otherwise, they will continue to lose out to local shops that make much better sandwiches at the same (or even lower) prices. For instance, I can go to Ike’s Love & Sandwiches and get one of 250+ sandwich options for roughly the same price as a simple Subway footlong.
During college, I worked at Subway. I ate it everyday — with gladness. Now, I actively avoid the restaurant. I just don’t feel like there is a compelling reason to spend money there. I have a few ideas to help them; however, I just don’t think that they (well, mostly the franchise owners) are willing to listen.
Pay for extra cheese, but no discount or anything if you don’t want cheese, just a thought throw an extra piece of meat on it