Sylvia Saad prides herself in her cooking. She always says that she’d never serve customers anything she wouldn’t feed her family.
The owner and chef of Mario’s Restaurant & Pop on Broadway, the Jerusalem-born Saad knows her customers. She cooks, waits on tables and talks to everyone who walks in the restaurant. She and her husband, George, moved to Columbus 30 years ago. The restaurant is named for their second-born son, Mario, who renovated the space above his father’s clothing store. Saad demonstrates how to make fatoush salad in this video. Here is the recipe:
1/2 small red cabbage, rough chopped into bite-sized pieces 1/2 small green cabbage, rough chopped into bite-sized pieces 2 tomatoes, diced 1/2 medium-sized red or purple onion, diced small Salt to taste Extra virgin olive oil Lemon juice Sumac (a citrus-flavored flour that may be difficult to obtain in Columbus) Pita bread
Mix all the vegetables in a large bowl. Add salt to taste, drizzle with olive oil and toss.
Add lemon juice to taste. If you can’t find sumac, Saad suggests you add more lemon juice.
You may eat it with toasted pita bread. Or do like Saad does: Cut the pita into strips and deep fry until brown. Break up the pieces into the salad.