Published on January 21st, 2013 | by Jacob Ung
Muffuletta? What’s that?
If there is one sandwich you need to eat in New Orleans, it isn't the po'boy, it is this muffuletta!
I have never tried or heard of a muffuletta before this trip. I knew of Mufasa, Simba’s dad from Lion King. So I decided to head over to Central Grocery and Deli from which this sandwich originated. The muffuletta loaf is a large, flattened round Sicilian sesame topped bread. It is fairly dense sort of similar to a focaccia bread in density and texture. Salvatore Lupo a Sicilian immigrant and founder of Central Grocery, created the muffuletta sandwich, more commonly known simply as a muffuletta.
When we arrive just before lunchtime, there was already a fairly long line up. The line moves fairly quickly and you can either order a whole 10-inch diameter muffuletta or a half. Trust me a half is more than enough, but then again you can easily take the rest to go. After you place your order at the counter, you receive your pre-wrapped muffuletta right away. When you lift it, you instantly realize right away from the weight that this was going to be one stomach-filling sandwich.
When I opened the wrapper the bread to filling ratio amazed me. There were layers of salami, pepperoni, ham, capicola, mortadella, Swiss cheese, provolone, and a marinated green olive salad. Yeah it was all in there. The first bite was simply incredible; an explosion of flavour is an understatement. Now, I know some people don’t really like olives, but I do and the olive spread is what ties all of the meat and cheese goodness together.
This original sandwich in New Orleans is a must eat. I will definitely be stopping by one more time before heading back to Vancouver!
Restaurant: Central Grocery and Deli
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana