Central Grocery is an unassuming Italian market on Decatur street in the French Quarter, and it is here that you can find the famed muffaletta sandwich or “muff” for short. Central Grocery claims the muffaletta was invented there in 1906 when the owner, Signor Lupo Salvatore made it for workers at the nearby wharves. Initially the men ate the salami, ham, cheese, olive salad and either long braided Italian bread of muffaletta bread separately. This was a challenge with the men balancing everything precariously on their laps. Salvatore thought to combine it all in a sandwich for easier consumption, settling on the softer and easier to chew muffaletta bread.
Now you know the story for the next time you are enjoying this delicacy but bring your appetite — as they are huge!
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