Third Generation New Orleans Grocery Carving up Muffuletta for Last 100 Years

Feb 27, 2020 1275

Tucked into Decatur Street in the middle of New Orleans’ French Quarter, Central Grocery and Deli is a third generation, old-fashioned grocery store founded in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant who was famous for creating the muffuletta. The 114-year-old shop hasn’t changed, and the muffuletta has been sliced and carved the exact same way for a century.

The sandwich traditionally consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, salami, ham, Swiss cheese, provolone, and mortadella. The store is currently owned and operated by Tommy Tusa and Frank Tusa, who recently partnered with a local delivery business to ship the sandwich nationwide.

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