Yes this Sandwich is sooo good that it deserves the word THE at the beginning. This is a Famous and Legendary Italian Sandwich that was started in New Orleans. The Original and best place to get one is at Central Grocery on Decatur street. People stand in line for this ginormous thing! It is made with round Italian Bread that averages 10in in diameter but I like to use the long Italian bread, it's easier to find and feeds more people. You will love the taste of all the meats, cheese and Olive salad! Now don't skimp on the olive salad. That is what makes it so good! You have to try this!
Combine ingredients for the olive salad and place in a jar with lid. Refrigerate over night (24 hours is best) to allow flavors to marinate. DO NOT use your food processor because it will chop the ingredients too finely. A knife works just fine to crush the olives and chop the giardiniera.
Assembling the sandwich:On the bottom half of the sliced bread, layer deli meats and cheeses as desired.
Spread a generous portion of olive salad on top of the meat and cheese.
Brush oil from the olive salad on the inside of the top bread layer and place on top of sandwich.
Cut sandwich up and feed to hungry people!
TIP: This is also great warmed up so the cheese melts. When I warm mine I put it in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes. Also This olive salad can be used as a bruschetta spread on toasted bread, or as a tasty addition to pastas, salads, or dips.