ANATOMY OF A DISH
It’s not your average sandwich. This Insta-sensation is the perfect portable picnic lunch, packed with the lot.
Does it look familiar? Yes, this is that sandwich you’ve been seeing all over your Instagram feed, thanks to Sydney’s A1 Canteen. It was Sicilian migrants to New Orleans, though, who first created the muffuletta. Salvatore Lupo, the original owner of the Central Grocery & Deli, served the hearty sandwich to local workers on Decatur Street in 1906. Layers of Italian deli goods are packed into a hollowed-out loaf of bread that’s pressed, sometimes baked, and left for the flavours to meld and the olive brine-spiked oil to seep through. A1’s take, pictured here, is served as a flat slice, almost like a sandwich terrine, though traditionally, a muffuletta comes in a pie-like slice so every bite involves every layer. Unlike your school sangers, this one gets better the longer it rests. Did someone say picnic?