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Central Grocery Restaurant Review: Legend holds that Central Grocery is the muffaletta's oldest still-operating purveyor. A Sicilian-American gift to New Orleans culinary culture, the huge two-hander features soft, sesame-studded bread filled with ham, salami, mortadella, mozzarella and a marinated chopped green olive salad. Savor yours either at a counter on the premises, or a bench somewhere in the Vieux Carré. The sandwich is also sold in a half portion which is plenty for one person or even two with light appetites. Efficiency in keeping the omnipresent line moving takes precedence over chitchat. When you finish your meal, do some shopping. Buy the olive salad that ennobled your muffaletta, as well as hard-to-find spices and oils, Barq’s root beer, and novelty items you can only find in a real Italian grocery.