The 61-year-old cook leads the charge at his restaurant in west Frisco, devising dishes inspired by Italian, French and Spanish traditions. Perez has worked at a number of Italian restaurants throughout North Texas, including when he was a partner at Frisco’s Crudo Italian restaurant before an ownership change.
“For me, it’s more or less a test to prove that I still can do it,” Perez said of his latest venture, which has been open for about a year and a half. “I’m really energetic, passionate for food and love people.”
Bistro Trio Euro Tavern leverages his experience and offers a multitude of dinner options. They include seafood plates such as sauteed scampi shrimp and fried calamari with vegetables. Pasta options include classic lasagna and tortellini with mushrooms and Marsala sauce. Complimenting the menu is a full bar pouring cocktails with international roots.
“The majority of the dishes, they concentrate on those three culinary aspects,” Perez said in regard to the restaurant’s focus on the three European countries.
Bistro Trio Euro Tavern had to endure the economic consequences of the pandemic, but Perez said providing for those less fortunate helped sustain the business.
This past year, the executive chef and his team often prepared large containers of pasta with meatballs or chicken at affordable prices, which Perez said kept both his team busy and the lights on. Bistro Trio Euro Tavern would even throw in complimentary pizza on occasion, he said.
Looking beyond, the chef said he plans to stick with his approach of cooking wonderful food in order to build relationships with the community.
“People first, then food,” Perez said. “That’s my goal, and that’s been my orientation in life—provide people a good experience so they can come back and remember this place.”
Bistro Trio Euro Tavern
5480 FM 423, Ste. 100
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 4-10 p.m., Sun. 4-9 p.m.