Subway set to offer deep-dish-style pizza

MILFORD Conn. After years of in-store tests, Subway said it would roll out deep-dish-style personal pizzas to its 13,000-plus outlets across the United States.

Abasic pie, which costs $2.99, can be topped at the restaurant with additional ingredients, including pepperoni, sausage or meatballs for a dollar extra. Guests can add extra cheese or vegetables for no additional cost.

The wholly franchised sandwich chain began experimenting with pizza in the 1990s, but then stepped up tests of personal pizzas in 2001 when the company began to install high-speed commercial ovens in locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. The compact, non-vented ovens fit easily on a countertop and are capable of cooking a pizza in one to two minutes.

In earlier tests, Subway used parbaked shells, which were then topped and finished individually as ordered. The new deep-dish pies also are parbaked before being supplied to individual locations.