Friday, June 18, 2010

Central Grocery New Orleans,Louisiana And The Muffuletta Sandwich

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This is the Italian Olive Salad which is a main ingredient in the Muffuletta Sandwich. You can buy these bottles of the olive salad at the Central Grocery in New Orleans,La.
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Central Grocery
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Restaurant Information
Established 1906
Current owner(s) Salvatore T. Tusa
Food type Italian, Greek, French, Spanish, and Creole table delicacies
Street address 923 Decatur Street
City French Quarter of New Orleans
State Louisiana
Country United States
Coordinates 29°57′32″N 90°03′39″W / 29.958792°N 90.060969°W / 29.958792; -90.060969

"Central Grocery is a small, old-fashioned Italian-American grocery store with a sandwich counter located at 923 Decatur Street, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant. He operated it until 1946 when he retired and his son-in-law, Frank Tusa took over the operation. Today it is owned by Salvatore T. Tusa, Salvatore's grandson and two cousins. The store was one of many family owned, neighborhood grocery stores during the early 20th century, when the French Quarter was still predominantly a residential area. Though tourists are more common in Central now, it has retained much of its old world market feel.

It is famous as the home of the New Orleans muffuletta sandwich invented by Salvatore Lupo[1], to feed the Sicilian truck farmers who sold their produce at the Farmer's Market on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.[2] The Muffuletta was only locally known until the late 1960s. Now, it has international fame. The Central sells not only the sandwiches as take-out or eat-in, but also the ingredients of the muffuletta—including olive salad by the jar—for people who want to make the sandwich at home. Because of the muffuletta, they were featured on the PBS special Sandwiches That You Will Like and "The Today Show" [five best sandwiches series].

Central Grocery also sells Italian, Greek, French, Spanish, and Creole table delicacies. They also carry less mainstream selections, such as chocolate covered grasshoppers and bumble bees in soy sauce, which are perennially displayed in the store front windows. Marie Lupo Tusa, Salvatore's daughter is author of the cookbook, "Marie's Melting Pot" which has hundreds of Sicilian, French and Creole style recipes."

We used to go to this place often in 1965 and 1966. Back in 1965 a Muffuletta Sandwich cost $2.50 and was so large that cut in four pieces it would feed 4 people. Now I think it cost about $12.00. Still it is the same sandwich and will feed two people with enough left over for another meal. Left in the paper wrapper the olive oil will soak in the bread and I think it actually tastes better the next day. Central Grocery is located on Decatur Street across from the old French Market. Their olive salad which is used in the sandwich is terrific. And it is worth buying a bottle or two to take home.