Central Grocery

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Central Grocery is a renowned Italian-American grocery store and deli located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Established in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo, an Italian immigrant, Central Grocery is famous for creating the muffuletta, a type of sandwich that has become a staple of New Orleans cuisine.

History[edit | edit source]

Central Grocery was founded by Salvatore Lupo, who immigrated to the United States from Sicily. Lupo opened the store to serve the growing Italian community in New Orleans. Over the years, Central Grocery has maintained its old-world charm, with shelves stocked with imported Italian products, including olive oil, pasta, and various cured meats.

The Muffuletta[edit | edit source]

The muffuletta sandwich, which originated at Central Grocery, is made with a round, sesame-seed loaf of Italian bread, split horizontally and filled with layers of ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, and a distinctive olive salad made with green olives, black olives, celery, giardiniera, and capers. The sandwich is typically served cold, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Location and Atmosphere[edit | edit source]

Central Grocery is located at 923 Decatur Street in the heart of the French Quarter. The store retains much of its original decor, with wooden shelves and counters that evoke a sense of nostalgia. The atmosphere is casual, and the store is often bustling with both locals and tourists eager to try the famous muffuletta.

Cultural Impact[edit | edit source]

Central Grocery has become a cultural landmark in New Orleans, attracting food enthusiasts from around the world. The store's contribution to the city's culinary heritage is significant, and the muffuletta has been featured in numerous food guides and television programs.

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