First: What is a muffuletta?
Aside from being quintessential New Orleans’ sandwich, the muffuletta (pronounced ‘muffuLETta’) is an Italian-inspired delicacy served on an entire round loaf of Italian bread, piled up high with fresh, cured meats and cheese, and dressed with every restaurant’s variation of olive salad.
Inspired by the large amount of Sicilian immigrants who settled in New Orleans during the late 1800s, this cut-cold delicacy was invented in 1906 at the French Quarter’s famous Central Grocery and Deli store. Today, this New World sandwich sits among the city’s most iconic dishes and is considered one of the biggest culinary contributions gifted to the Port City by the Italian culture. Here’s our guide to New Orleans’ best spots for muffulettas.