love of Mediterranian food led chefs Karlo Orduña and Jeff Treviño to create Acú Bistro Bar, billed as an upscale but casual restaurant featuring pitas to paella.
“We’re not traditional in the traditional sense — we don’t go very ethnic,” Orduña said. “We just grab here and there, the spices or a method, and we try to incorporate it in our own way.”
The two are no strangers to the food business. Orduña catered in Laredo and Treviño had pizzerias in Austin and Round Rock.
Acú opened March 24 at 21715 Interstate 10 West, Suite 111, in the Dominion Crossing.
Its name honors Orduña’s late mother, and her Palestinian roots.
“She was always cooking. A lot of the recipes come from her,” Orduña said.
Acú’s menu, inspired by Spanish, Greek, Italian and Israeli foods, is served family style sporting tapas, bar bites and specialty cocktails.
Orduña said the restaurant emanates old-world ambiance, including meals cooked in an Italian volcanic-stone oven from Napa, California.
“We were always enthralled by the wood-fired oven, and not only just for pizzas,” Orduña said. “At least one component of our dishes is done inside that oven.”
The paella, “the star of the show” according to the chef, comes three ways: Mar offers seafood and squid ink rice; Tierra is chicken, pork and chorizo, with saffron rice; Acú combines both, plus saffron rice.
Weekend brunch and weekday happy hours are offered.
“We’re more about the hospitality, making people feel at home,” Orduña said.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.