First, allow me to welcome you and thank you for visiting our website. If there is anything you need, please let me know. ("Ahlan" is a common greeting in the eastern Mediterranean for "hello".)
My name is Tony Mashaal and I'm the owner and chef at the Olive Cafe here in Topeka, Kansas. An Egyptian by birth, I was raised in both Egypt and Italy where, as you might expect, my heart remains.
When I was younger, I traveled extensively around the Mediterranean visiting many countries and learning about their incredible cultures and enjoying their amazing food. Indeed, it was my love for food that led me to learn to cook and I became a chef at a very young age.
Today, cooking remains my passion and being a perfectionist, I am always challenging myself to discover, create and refine my recipes to be the best they possibly can.
I would like to invite you and your friends, families and co-workers to come and experience our wonderful old world Mediterranean cuisine and the warm and inviting hospitality of the Olive Cafe.
-Chef Tony Mashaal