CENTRAL GROCERY AND DELI: A FRENCH QUARTER MARKET WITH ITALIAN ROOTS
There is no shortage of flavor in New Orleans. Po’ boys and beignets top the charts, but for over a century, the Italian market known as Central Grocery and Deli has been making a sandwich worth more than an honorable mention. Their muffuletta, made with freshly baked bread, ham, provolone, and salami is good, but it’s the olive tapenade that really sets the sandwich apart. The spread itself may be a family secret, but don’t worry, the grocery stocks the tangy treat by the bottle. Alongside them find fresh pasta, deli meats and a bevy of other specialty foods hard to come by in New Orleans. The shop isn’t a large one, by any means, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in authentic, down-home feel. What Central Grocery and Deli has managed to capture, by fusing its Italian roots with its French quarter influences, has stood the test of time. One action that we hope will see many more centuries pass through its doors.