Fine chef; if you seek a food-to-table experience in quiet ambiance, Picchio Nero is it. Views are exceptional. Access to a national park within minutes. The proprietor's knowledge of the area & of the Basilicata region makes enjoyment of the authentic fun & fulfilling.
We started our visit with a two hour walk on a fairly flat trail in the park. Cool temperature very scenic tree hike and spotted a cat footprint in a wet area. After returning we had the best most interesting meal. Egg yolk fried, Swiss chard in a red explosion, tuna appetizer different from anything we had before. Try to stay three nights and enjoy food and hiking.
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights to explore the beautiful area. We have been greeted with the warmest welcome we ever came across. Pino, owner and I dare to say, Masterchef, made our stay unforgettable. The hotel itself is perfectly located for excursions into Pollino National park, which hosts rare species such as the Apennine wolf, wild cats and otters. Pino Loricato or Bosnian pine is considered a pre-historical botanical marvel and it's found only in this region (outside of its main range, the mountainous areas of the Balkans). The story is that seeds were carried over by winds. The accommodation is comfortable and clean and if you are lucky enough to get a room with a balcony, the view is just fantastic. The attic rooms are not for tall people. Food - well, we did not expect Michelin starred quality but Pino delivered exactly that and came up with the most amazing dishes and flavours (including truffle delights). Pino uses local ingredients and takes the time to explain the story behind the dish. Just excellent and superb. We left few pounds heavier though (that's the only "complaint" we could muster up between us). Tip - try the house wine, it's excellent. Other things to do in the area: in addition to exploring the beautiful Pollino National park, it's worth visiting San Paolo and San Constantino Albanese Albanian villages established around 1534; Acquafreddo; Maratea - a beautiful costal town, the pre-historic Grotta del Romito etc. But ask Pino - he is an excellent advisor of the best places to visit. And comes October, truffle hunt is on. Tips: you'll need a car to get around easily, but, do not rely entirely on GPS - there are hundreds of new roads not existent on any map or even GPS. If you miss an exit, you may end up driving 20-25 miles till you get the chance to turn around. Mountain roads (serpentines would be a better description) can be treacherous and be mindful of the things looking like a traffic cone - it means part of the road is gone on that side. Drive carefully and slowly, don't rush.…
we stayed at this hotel for 3 nights on a tour of Basilicata and Calabria. Pino, the owner, runs an excellent establishment which I would not fault. Accommodation is rustic in style but comfortable. Sleep quality was very good. Pino is an excellent chef and prepared a menu of local dishes for us on each evening. Without exception, everything was delicious. We particularly enjoyed the descriptions of each dish which Pino provided. No complaints about breakfast either. Finally I should add that our stay represented exceptional value for money.
Been in this property for three days. The hotel is in a perfect location for exploring the Pollino National Park and, also, it is one of the best properties in Southern Italy. I was amazed by coziness of the place, the cleanliness of the room, the friendliness of the owner but, above all, the superb quality of the food. Chef Pino has a decades long experience in the restaurant industry and, yet, I have never felt so at home. He made it a point in explaining the story behind each recipe and the way to prepare it. He is very active in the international community and his restaurant has been reviewed by countless magazines and guides. He has seemingly travelled the world and was in several TVs program. Ill definitively be back