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Muffuletta -- Central Grocery vs. Progress Grocer?

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Norm Jul 15, 2002 04:47 PM

Who has the better muffulettta Central Grocery or Progress Grocery? I have seen positive comments of both places.

Also, do they serve their muffulettas hot or cold?

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    Sarah C RE: Norm Jul 16, 2002 09:15 AM

    Progress no longer exists. There is a cafe in its former location; I've heard that they serve muffalettas and they may employ some of the former Progress employees, but I haven't eaten there.

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      paul and louise RE: Sarah C Nov 16, 2002 06:26 PM

      yes
      that would be luigi's
      been there for the muffaletta
      ..and a bag of zaps with a dixie beer
      loved the sandwich
      the wife and i loved the place more
      the people were great, waving us in and treating us like friends
      mo better, mo cheaper

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      Donna - MI RE: Norm Jul 16, 2002 12:24 PM

      If you want a hot muffuletta, go to the Napoleon House in the Quarter. They are wonderful - also huge - you can easily share. Good gumbo too. Have a Pimm's Cup - the drink they are famous for. Very good and refreshing.

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        Norm RE: Donna - MI Jul 17, 2002 03:57 AM

        Definitely will try the Napoleon House and will check out Central Grocery too. I remember that the Napoleon House and its hot muffuletta were featured on Food TV's "Best of" show. Made my mouth water!

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        dude RE: Norm Jul 18, 2002 12:55 PM

        I'm no expert, but didn't Central invent the muffuletta?

        I really liked it, myself.

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          edlou RE: dude Jul 18, 2002 04:38 PM

          I mentioned a few topics down in "Best of" Laveccio's grocery that was on Poydras St. Closed in the late 60's I think. Anyway, back around the late 50's and early 60's, you could get a paper plate with 2 or 3 slices of salami, a slice or two of Italian ham, and 2 different cheeses. This was place on top of a single slice of Union Bakery Italian bread and then topped with an olive salad. Not exactly a muffalata as we know it now, but somewhat like it. Very good and also cheap. Perfect with a cold Barqs.The way I understand it, is that the original owner prepared this as a lunch for the many Illinois Central railroad workers that were employed across the street where the Superdome now stands. From what I am told, this was done several years before the muffalata was invented in much the same manner to feed the dock workers. The grocery also made a complete muffalata which I found was better then any other in town. Just as a note. Thank you

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          Chad Cagnolatti RE: Norm Aug 21, 2002 04:02 PM

          Central grocery serves a tourist muffeletta, cold and thin of meat. Try Ragusa's on Severn and have a piece of hot Italian heaven. Vibrant, tasy olive mix and packed with meat. Pick up an order of artichoke bread as well.

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            Bob W. RE: Chad Cagnolatti Aug 21, 2002 04:16 PM

            "cold and thin of meat"

            Where else but Chowhound could you find a superb phrase like that?

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              Donna - MI RE: Chad Cagnolatti Aug 24, 2002 12:38 AM

              Also delicious is the warm muffelata at the Napoleon House. Try their Pimm's cup too. Thanks for listening!

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                Monica RE: Chad Cagnolatti Nov 22, 2002 02:10 PM

                I really love the Muffuletta's at Central Grocery! I am hoping to find out how to get the olive salad made by them sent to me! Any suggestions!

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