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Where To Eat Muffulettas Around New Orleans

If you’re going to commit to a sandwich as big as a plate, go for the best

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After Sicilians arrived en masse to New Orleans beginning in late 1800s, the area near the French Market became known as “Little Palermo” and the “Italian Sector.”

Sicilian workers often stopped into Central Grocery for bread, olives, cold cuts, and cheese for lunch, which they ate standing up or with a plate perched tenuously in their laps. Salvatore Lupo, who opened Central Grocery across from the French Market in 1906, decided there had to be a better way — and it involved bread as big as a plate.

The famous sandwich, layered with olive salad, genoa salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss cheese, was born.

This map includes mostly classics, plus a couple beloved twists on the classic.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Francesca Deli, Pizzeria And Catering

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515 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 266-2511
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Scot and Stephanie Craig, owners of Katie’s restaurant, opened Lakeview’s Francesa’s Deli over the summer with a menu of Creole-Italian fare and St. Louis-style pizza. Stephanie Craig, whose middle name is Francesca, came from St. Louis (which has a huge Italian American community) and the restaurant celebrates that, namely by using Provel cheese, a St. Louis cheese mash-up of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone. This ultra-stretchy cheese makes the muffuletta stand out. Years ago, the restaurant’s space was the home of Charlie’s Delicatessan, known for a “moon” sandwich filled with ham, roast beef, provolone, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing on a whole round of muffuletta bread. Francesca is serving a version of this as well.

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2. Giorlando's Restaurant

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741 Bonnabel Blvd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 835-8593
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Metairie’s charming, family-run Giorlando’s restaurant opened in 1972 and serves a muffuletta on bread baked fresh daily and filled with salami, ham, mortadella, mozzarella, John G’s housemade olive salad, with the addition of the not-so-classic Swiss cheese. It’s served hot. Now run by the second generation, the eatery’s Facebook page is pretty adorable with mostly family photos. Good to know: It’s closed on the weekends.

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3. Nor Joe Import Company

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505 Frisco Ave
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 833-9240
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Metairie’s Nor Joe’s resembles Central Grocery in that it’s both a market and deli with plenty of cool Italian items to take home. However, it’s also home to the Muffuletta Festival, now in its second year. The muffuletta here is served hot or cold (though usually hot) and the eatery piles the olive salad in the middle of the layers of meats and cheeses. It makes for a well-balanced sandwich, but if you like the olive salad oil seeping into the bread, it might not be the perfect one for you. It is, however, an excellent version.

Nor Joe Import Co. muffuletta
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4. Parran's Po-Boys Uptown

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Between Napoleon and, 4920 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 875-4620
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Parran’s opened in 1975 and now has three locations — in Metairie, Kenner, and the newest one Uptown on Prytania. It’s known for creating the seafood muffuletta, a huge departure from the classic muffuletta. Fried shrimp, catfish, and oysters are dressed with “Cajun mayo” with the option to add lettuce, tomato, and/or Italian salad mix. Honestly, it’s really more of a po-boy on muffuletta bread. For traditionalists, there’s a classic muffuletta on the menu too.

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Seafood muffuletta
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5. Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar

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3636 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-9120
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A 1940s-era Creole Italian restaurant in Mid City, Liuzza’s is known for its own special twist on the classic muffuletta. Rather than the large seeded loaf it usually comes on, Liuzza’s stuffs it all in po-boy bread. It’s basically the opposite of the one at Parran’s (muffuletta bread stuffed with po-boy fillings).

Frenchuletta
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6. Cochon Butcher

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930 Tchoupitoulas St b
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-7675
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Donald Link’s Cochon Butcher raises the bar with any sandwich it has on its menu. Though the muffuletta was first served at Central Grocery, Cochon Butcher has become the crowd favorite with its fluffy bread, and high quality house-cured meats and olive salad. With meats weighed precisely and piled according to texture, the sandwich is constructed like a piece of architecture. It’s served warm from an oven that applies both steam and heat. Also try the Pig Mac, a cheffy version of the Big Mac.

Cochon Butcher muffuletta
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7. Napoleon House

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500 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-9752
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Napoleon House pairs its hot muffulettas with opera music in a French Quarter spot full of history: The building was once set up to receive Napoleon in exile. He died before he made it and now it’s home to stellar muffulettas and cold Pimm’s Cups. If it’s nice out, grab a seat in the courtyard.

Napoleon House muffuletta
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8. Verti Marte

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1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4767

For those who want a muffuletta with the flexibility of 24 hours a day availability, there’s Verti Marte in the French Quarter. This version is piled high with thick-cut meat and served either hot or cold. Verti Marte is the perfect spot to soak up a night of merry-making, or really the perfect spot to grab an incredible sandwich any time of day. Delivery available until the wee hours of the morning.

9. Central Grocery and Deli

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923 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-1620
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Ground zero for the muffuletta, Central Grocery itself is an icon. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Sicilian workers stopped in this market, conveniently located across the street from the French Market, for lunch. They’d order meats and cheeses and olives for a quick, easy, satisfying lunch. Central Grocery owner Salvatore Lupo made history in 1906 when he made this simple lunch more convenient and piled all the ingredients on a large sesame-topped Italian loaf of bread. The one here is served cold or room-temp. They travel well, so go ahead and get one for the flight home. The olive salad will soak into the bread and it will only taste even better on the other side.

10. Alberto's Cheese and Wine Bistro

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1100 N Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 522-0507
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Located in the French Market, Alberto’s Cheese and Wine Bistro is basically a little lunch counter with a menu that is Mediterranean rather than New Orleans due to the accomplished chef and owner’s upbringing in Spain. He serves a dynamite version of the muffuletta with a few twists. In addition to provolone and mozzarella cheese, salami, mortadella, and freshly house-made olive salad, he sneaks a little chorizo in there. For vegetarians, he serves a muffuletta with mozzarella, provolone, olive salad, lettuce, tomato, and avocado.

Alberto’s muffuletta
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11. Bosco's Italian Cafe

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2040 LA-59 # 3
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 624-5066
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This old-school Italian cafe is a Mandeville favorite serves Creole Italian and Italian American fare. The muffuletta is piled high with meats and cheeses, one of the most generous muffulettas in town. Plus, there’s the option to add prosciutto.

Bosca’s muffuletta
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12. Old Arabi Food Store

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650 Friscoville Ave
Arabi, LA 70032
(504) 277-2333
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Old Arabi Food Store is a no-frills, neighborhood institution that opened its doors in 1973. Its muffulettas come a few different ways: traditional (available half or whole); seafood (shrimp, catfish, or oyster); and as a wrap (only salami, provolone, and olive salad). There’s a massive selection of cold beverages, daily specials, breakfast, and more. Take your time and enjoy the ultra-friendly neighborhood vibes.

Old Arabi Food Store muffuletta
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1. Francesca Deli, Pizzeria And Catering

515 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124
The Moon
FACEBOOK

Scot and Stephanie Craig, owners of Katie’s restaurant, opened Lakeview’s Francesa’s Deli over the summer with a menu of Creole-Italian fare and St. Louis-style pizza. Stephanie Craig, whose middle name is Francesca, came from St. Louis (which has a huge Italian American community) and the restaurant celebrates that, namely by using Provel cheese, a St. Louis cheese mash-up of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone. This ultra-stretchy cheese makes the muffuletta stand out. Years ago, the restaurant’s space was the home of Charlie’s Delicatessan, known for a “moon” sandwich filled with ham, roast beef, provolone, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing on a whole round of muffuletta bread. Francesca is serving a version of this as well.

515 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Giorlando's Restaurant

741 Bonnabel Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005
Giorlando’s
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Metairie’s charming, family-run Giorlando’s restaurant opened in 1972 and serves a muffuletta on bread baked fresh daily and filled with salami, ham, mortadella, mozzarella, John G’s housemade olive salad, with the addition of the not-so-classic Swiss cheese. It’s served hot. Now run by the second generation, the eatery’s Facebook page is pretty adorable with mostly family photos. Good to know: It’s closed on the weekends.

741 Bonnabel Blvd
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Nor Joe Import Company

505 Frisco Ave, Metairie, LA 70005
Nor Joe Import Co. muffuletta
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Metairie’s Nor Joe’s resembles Central Grocery in that it’s both a market and deli with plenty of cool Italian items to take home. However, it’s also home to the Muffuletta Festival, now in its second year. The muffuletta here is served hot or cold (though usually hot) and the eatery piles the olive salad in the middle of the layers of meats and cheeses. It makes for a well-balanced sandwich, but if you like the olive salad oil seeping into the bread, it might not be the perfect one for you. It is, however, an excellent version.

505 Frisco Ave
Metairie, LA 70005

4. Parran's Po-Boys Uptown

Between Napoleon and, 4920 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Seafood muffuletta
FACEBOOK

Parran’s opened in 1975 and now has three locations — in Metairie, Kenner, and the newest one Uptown on Prytania. It’s known for creating the seafood muffuletta, a huge departure from the classic muffuletta. Fried shrimp, catfish, and oysters are dressed with “Cajun mayo” with the option to add lettuce, tomato, and/or Italian salad mix. Honestly, it’s really more of a po-boy on muffuletta bread. For traditionalists, there’s a classic muffuletta on the menu too.

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Between Napoleon and, 4920 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar

3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Frenchuletta
Yelp/Elizabeth B

A 1940s-era Creole Italian restaurant in Mid City, Liuzza’s is known for its own special twist on the classic muffuletta. Rather than the large seeded loaf it usually comes on, Liuzza’s stuffs it all in po-boy bread. It’s basically the opposite of the one at Parran’s (muffuletta bread stuffed with po-boy fillings).

3636 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Cochon Butcher

930 Tchoupitoulas St b, New Orleans, LA 70130
Cochon Butcher muffuletta
FACEBOOK

Donald Link’s Cochon Butcher raises the bar with any sandwich it has on its menu. Though the muffuletta was first served at Central Grocery, Cochon Butcher has become the crowd favorite with its fluffy bread, and high quality house-cured meats and olive salad. With meats weighed precisely and piled according to texture, the sandwich is constructed like a piece of architecture. It’s served warm from an oven that applies both steam and heat. Also try the Pig Mac, a cheffy version of the Big Mac.

930 Tchoupitoulas St b
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Napoleon House

500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Napoleon House muffuletta
FACEBOOK

Napoleon House pairs its hot muffulettas with opera music in a French Quarter spot full of history: The building was once set up to receive Napoleon in exile. He died before he made it and now it’s home to stellar muffulettas and cold Pimm’s Cups. If it’s nice out, grab a seat in the courtyard.

500 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Verti Marte

1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

For those who want a muffuletta with the flexibility of 24 hours a day availability, there’s Verti Marte in the French Quarter. This version is piled high with thick-cut meat and served either hot or cold. Verti Marte is the perfect spot to soak up a night of merry-making, or really the perfect spot to grab an incredible sandwich any time of day. Delivery available until the wee hours of the morning.

1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

9. Central Grocery and Deli

923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Ground zero for the muffuletta, Central Grocery itself is an icon. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Sicilian workers stopped in this market, conveniently located across the street from the French Market, for lunch. They’d order meats and cheeses and olives for a quick, easy, satisfying lunch. Central Grocery owner Salvatore Lupo made history in 1906 when he made this simple lunch more convenient and piled all the ingredients on a large sesame-topped Italian loaf of bread. The one here is served cold or room-temp. They travel well, so go ahead and get one for the flight home. The olive salad will soak into the bread and it will only taste even better on the other side.

923 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

10. Alberto's Cheese and Wine Bistro

1100 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Alberto’s muffuletta
Yelp/Jennifer C.

Located in the French Market, Alberto’s Cheese and Wine Bistro is basically a little lunch counter with a menu that is Mediterranean rather than New Orleans due to the accomplished chef and owner’s upbringing in Spain. He serves a dynamite version of the muffuletta with a few twists. In addition to provolone and mozzarella cheese, salami, mortadella, and freshly house-made olive salad, he sneaks a little chorizo in there. For vegetarians, he serves a muffuletta with mozzarella, provolone, olive salad, lettuce, tomato, and avocado.

1100 N Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. Bosco's Italian Cafe

2040 LA-59 # 3, Mandeville, LA 70448
Bosca’s muffuletta
Yelp/Business Owner

This old-school Italian cafe is a Mandeville favorite serves Creole Italian and Italian American fare. The muffuletta is piled high with meats and cheeses, one of the most generous muffulettas in town. Plus, there’s the option to add prosciutto.

2040 LA-59 # 3
Mandeville, LA 70448

12. Old Arabi Food Store

650 Friscoville Ave, Arabi, LA 70032
Old Arabi Food Store muffuletta
FACEBOOK

Old Arabi Food Store is a no-frills, neighborhood institution that opened its doors in 1973. Its muffulettas come a few different ways: traditional (available half or whole); seafood (shrimp, catfish, or oyster); and as a wrap (only salami, provolone, and olive salad). There’s a massive selection of cold beverages, daily specials, breakfast, and more. Take your time and enjoy the ultra-friendly neighborhood vibes.

650 Friscoville Ave
Arabi, LA 70032

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