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Jul 15, 2002 04:47 PM

Muffuletta -- Central Grocery vs. Progress Grocer?

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Sarah C
      paul and louise

      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

    2. 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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      1. re: Donna - MI

        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!

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

        I really liked it, myself.

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        1. re: dude

          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

          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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          1. re: Chad Cagnolatti

            "cold and thin of meat"

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

            1. re: Chad Cagnolatti

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

              1. re: Chad Cagnolatti

                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!