Muffuletta

Central Grocery in New Orleans claims to have invented the muffaletta (aka muffuletta, muffelatta), which is named for the round Sicilian loaf that resembles a high-rise focaccia. It happened in 1906 when Salvatore Lupo, proprietor of the French Quarter grocery store, sliced the loaf sideways and layered in salami, mortadella, capicola, and provolone along with a thick ribbon of garlicky olive salad in the same genus as the giardiniera used on Chicago’s Italian beef. A traditional muffaletta, as made at Central Grocery (which now exists for no reason other than to make and serve it), is a foot in diameter – enough sandwich for two – and is sold as a whole, half, or quarter. Some restaurants do offer it heated; recipes extend to vegetarian versions; and there even are ones made on sliced bread rather than on a muffaletta loaf. Such variations test the limits of the word.

Restaurants With This Dish

Sidetracked Cafe

CENTRAL, SC

Jambonz Deux

RAPID CITY, SD

Napoleon House

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Barton's Kitchen Muffuletta
Barton’s Kitchen

PASO ROBLES, CA

Muffaletta cross-section shows thick, chewy bread holding cheese, cold cuts, and oily olive salad
Central Grocery

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Fratesi Grocery and Service Center

LELAND, MS

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