Publix Is Rolling Out a Big Change to Its Famous Subs

published May 28, 2024
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Publix, one of the biggest grocery chains in the Southeastern U.S., has garnered a huge following with people traveling from near and far just to pick up one thing: the beloved “pub sub.” Known for its high-quality ingredients and menu with endless options and customizations, Publix knows just how to craft the perfect sub sandwich. Fans have even dedicated a Facebook page to them. Some of Publix’s top sellers include The Chicken Tender Sub and The Italian.

With summer almost here, subs are the perfect, easy-to-transport lunch for a picnic in the park or day at the beach (or just your normal lunch break). And now fans have another option to up their sub game even further.

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Publix recently announced that it is bringing back the Italian-inspired Tutto Pugliese bread just in time for sub season after a limited run last year. The Tutto Pugliese bread is made from durum wheat semolina flour and certified sourdough flour, typical ingredients used to make pasta. The flour is milled in Italy and then transported to be processed in Belgium, so you know you’re getting the real deal. 

These loaves need to be treated with care, and making them is a labor of love. Prepping the dough takes three hours alone. Each loaf needs to be shaped by hand, then chilled overnight, and proofed in the morning before it’s baked. All these steps result in a bread that has a crisp, crusty exterior and soft interior with a roasted nutty flavor. The loaves are made daily and sold in paper bags (if you choose not to use it for your sub, of course). 

So next time you’re at Publix and getting ready to order its Italian sub, try out the Tutto Pugliese bread. For an even bigger punch of flavor, there’s a Tutto Onion Asiago version. (Word on the street is Publix plans to release even more variations of the bread this summer, so keep your eyes peeled.)