Thursday, May 23, 2013

Muffuletta Sandwich

The Muffuletta sandwich has been around since 1906 and originated at Central Grocery on Decatur Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Our effort to duplicate this legend starts with imported rosmarino ham, mortadello and soppressata. We serve the Italian deli meats on a full loaf of housemade crusty sourdough bread and top it with housemade giardinara, provolone cheese and a light dijon mustard sauce. We know it's not New Orleans and it's not the original, but we do have the imported Italian meats, the housemade bread & the giardinara to give the legendary sandwich a run for it's money. Stop in to compare, or to try the sandwich for your very first time.

There are many (besides us) who have tried to duplicate the legendary sandwich, but the most well-known and well respected is the one from Central Grocery. They are a grocery store which carries some of the finest imported Italian foods and wines and is literally a tourist destination just for folk to get themselves some muffuletta... perhaps the best sandwich in America?

The muffuletta was said to originate in Sicily, when farmers would come to the grocer and order salami, ham, cheese, olive salad and braided italian bread or a muffuletta loaf. Marie Lupo Tusa, daughter of the Central Grocery's founder said that it was her father that suggested cutting the bread and putting the meats, cheeses and salad on the bread to eat it like a sandwich. The braided bread proved too hard and the softer muffuletta bread became the more requested. After time, many farmers would come in and instead of buying all the meats and cheese seperate, just ask for the muffuletta.

Go ahead and ask for a taste of the original here at Uptown... while it lasts!

1 comment:

  1. I have been to Central Grocery to enjoy this fabulous sandwich at least a dozen times. I think the secret is in the olive spread. I'll have to give Uptown's a try.