What the Heck is a Muffuletta?!

You’re not from New Orleans, are you.


In New Orleans, it’s hard not to stumble across this delicacy of a sandwich. Let Razzoo’s Cajun Café educate you on the finer things in life – ahem – the muffaletta.


Muffalettas are all about the bread and the olive spread. Muffaletta bread is round in shape, yet flattened on top. Its texture resembles that of Focaccia or French bread, but the difference is that the outside is crusty and the inside is soft. Look for bread that is dense, yet fluffy and soft, when on the search for the perfect muffaletta.


When making the sandwich, the muffaletta loaf is split through the middle then stuffed with olive spread, cured meats such as ham, pepperoni, and salame, and a variety of cheeses such as Swiss, provolone, and mozzarella.


On your next trip to New Orleans, make sure you stop off at Central Grocery, home of the Original Muffaletta. As told by Marie Lupo Tuso, daughter of the shop’s founder, her father invented the muffaletta to combine some of the Italian immigrants favorite things into one, easy-to-eat meal. Since Central Grocery was in close proximity to the farmer’s market, her father noticed that Sicilian farmers would be eating their lunch and had trouble balancing the bread, meats, olives, etc. that they were eating. So – he put together a sandwich that had everything in one handy meal. It’s been a staple of New Orleans culture every since.

Central Grocery's Delicious Muffuletta -  Photo Credit

Central Grocery's Delicious Muffuletta - Photo Credit


There are no muffalettas on the Razzoo’s menu, and we know, it’s a cryin’ shame. But if you can’t have a New Orleans muffaletta, why not join us at Razzoo’s this week for our amazing po’ boy sandwiches?! Crispy, fresh French roll is stuffed with your choice of fried shrimp, fried catfish, blackened tilapia, or blackened chicken, then loaded lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. Good eatin!


See you this week for lunch, dinner, or happy hour at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – best Cajun food in Texas!