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New Orleans Food


The Muffuletta

New Orleans is rich with Italian history; large amounts of Sicilian immigrants began arriving in the Crescent City in the late 1880s and Italian cuisine was among their best gifts to New Orleans culture. While many restaurants specialize in Creole-Italian fare, one of the true gems of Italian delicacies is the Muffuletta – a massive and delicious Italian cold-cut sandwich. The sandwich was invented in 1906 at the Central Grocery and has been a signature New Orleans treat ever since. Both tourists and locals still flock to Central Grocery to get a taste of the sandwich in the very establishment it was born in, but many restaurants offer the delectable behemoth on bread, so finding one close by won't be hard.

The sandwich is served on an entire round loaf of Italian bread (about 10 inches across) and then piled high with Provolone cheese, Genoa salami and Cappicola ham, and then topped with olive salad – chopped, green un-stuffed olives, pimientos, celery, garlic, cocktail onions, capers, oregano, parsley, olive oil, red-wine vinegar, salt and pepper. It's perfectly salty and unequivocally mouth-watering. And like we said before, the sandwich is HUGE, so its best split between at least two people, or maybe more depending on how hungry you are.

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