Muffaletta Bread in Manhattan
I am desperate...Can you guys help?
The traditional bread for Muffuletta is a large round Italian country loaf. what are you looking for?
New Orleanian living in NYC here.
I've never seen a muffuletta loaf in a NYC bakery, and am guessing that local NOLA-style restaurants either substitute other breads for their muff loaves, or bake their own. A New Orleans muffuletta is a BIG sandwich -- 9 or 10 inches in diameter.
I think a fluffy focaccia (around 2 inches high) split horizontally is one substitute that might work nicely. But I wouldn't sweat the bread too much. As long as your filling ingredients are solid, I doubt you'll hear any complaints!
If you're feeling ambitious, you could try baking your own bread. Here's one recipe:
And Chuck Taggert has a good recipe for the all-important olive salad: