The muffaletta is one of the great sandwiches of the world. The muffaletta has several pronunciations, the two most popular being: “muff-uh LOT-uh” and “moo-foo-LET-ta”. The common abbreviation is “muff" (i.e. “I’ll have a large muff.”).
Most people think the only cultural and culinary heritage of New Orleans is French, Spanish, African and Creole. The muffaletta is as New Orleans as the poor boy. This is pure Italian, more specific it is Sicilian. Italians have been coming to New Orleans since the 1880s. The Italians haven’t always had it easy, especially in 1891 when one of the worst lynching in American history occurred. It was a mass murder that took place to a group of Italians in New Orleans. The Italians eventually settled in comfortably in New Orleans and their contribution to the local culture and cuisine has been immense.
The muffaletta was invented by one of those Italians named Signor Lupo Salvadore. He opened a little Italian market called Central Grocery on Decatur Street in the french quarter in 1906. It has become one of the most famous groceries in the United States.
The muffaletta has evolved over the years. Here at
Muffalettas and more in Covington
we start with a large, round loaf of Italian bread. The bread is cut
horizontally and stacked with several meats and cheese. We then top it with the
main ingredient the olive salad. What makes this sandwich so good is it is
toasted to perfection. We serve the muffaletta three ways: as a quarter slice,
a mini muffaletta and a large muffaletta. The large muffaletta is enough to
feed more than one person. As it is said “bigger is better”.