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    Central Grocery, Home of the Original Muffuletta


    Central Grocery is home of the muffuletta, one of New Orleans' great sandwiches. Muffulettas are made with a circular loaf of soft Italian bread, sliced horizontally and piled with salami, ham, and provolone cheese, which are in turn topped with a wonderfully spicy melange of chopped green and black olives fragrant with anchovies and garlic. The hefty hunk of lunch is quartered and wrapped and sold ready to go … or to unwrap immediately and eat along the counters that have been installed at the back of the store. In my opinion, this mighty muffuletta (available as a half sandwich for smaller appetites) is definitive. Yes, other restaurants now make fatter ones on artisan breads with more exotic cold cuts and fancier ingredients in the olive salad, but Central Market's muffuletta has a classic dignity that simply cannot be bettered.

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