Descendant of one-time Galveston bosses finds life in spice

April 20, 2015 5:01 AM

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Her granddad had his secrets, Concetta Maceo was saying a few days ago as we sat at a table inside the small family-run spice store and sandwich shop on Market Street. You can say that again, given her family's notoriety, but the young woman had something different in mind. Grandfather Rosario, she said, came up with the secret ingredients for making the best muffuletta this side of New Orleans. Rosario Maceo, who died in 2009 at age 91, took credit, in fact, for bringing the muffuletta to Galveston.

If you know anything at all about the island city, you're likely to know that spice and the Maceo family go together — spice of a different sort, that is. The best-known of the Maceo brothers — Rose and Sam — were immigrants from Palermo who arrived in Galveston from New Orleans in 1910. Working ini...

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