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“Some great food in a good location”
Review of Osteria Pico

Osteria Pico
Ranked #16 of 324 Restaurants in Matera
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$53
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We were recommended the restaurant by the Hotel Sextanto and had walked past to check out the menu. We were hungry - so went the pasta dish followed by main course route. My strozzapretti dish with chicory (I think) was truly superb - one of the best pasta dishes I have eaten. Some of the other pasta choices seemed a bit plain. We had rabbit and boar for main courses - both local specialities and very tasty and very generous portions. To be honest, given the heat outside, lighter choices would have been better!

We found the service rather rushed - probably trying to turn our table as the restaurant filled up as the evening went on. We even started to play games and see how many times we could stop the waitress from taking away our plates! She also seemed very disappointed that we didn't order house wine and insisted on ordering a bottle from the interesting wine list...

Overall some excellent food and a good experience.

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Thank pgbj
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Whilst staying in a very nearby hotel, we read up on good restaurants to eat at in Matera and the reviews for Osteria Pico were excellent so we booked a table for 3 for 8.30.

The evening started well, antipasti came and it was great. We loved it and didn't leave a single crumb. Then our mains came which we enjoyed immensely and when the waitress took our plates away we told her how good it all was.

And that was it… After our secondi plates were removed we were completely ignored for almost 30 minutes! No one asked us if we wanted dessert or coffees or anything whatsoever.
We tried to get either of the waiters attention numerous times and ended up asking for the bill 3 times and having to wait 18 minutes for someone to finally bring it to us.

There was no reason for the staff to be so rude and ignore us, we were so polite and kind about the food. I'll never be going back.

Weirdly we had much the exact same treatment at Cantina Della Bruna earlier in the day.
Such a shame as we thought Matera was beautiful.

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1  Thank Anthony M
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We found this restaurant thanks to my friend, local guide in Matera. She simply said - you have to go there it's good. And so we went. Good? Well, I prefer to say that it is excellent! We've eaten a really good lunch and I defenetly reccomend Osteria Pico to everybody. It is not cheap, but if you don't mind to spend sort of 25 € per person for a really good meal, then it is for you! Thank you!

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1  Thank Diana T
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

This restaurant is very good in the village of Matera with local food.
It's located in a cave with several floors. This restaurant is to eat typical meat in typical local style. You can eat Stewed Boar, Lamb, Tagliate steak and others. Nice meals!

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Thank Holger K
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We stayed in Matera 4 days and ate at Osteria Pico twice and wish we could have gone again. Although we had other good food, nothing compared to this. It's very much a family run restaurant but the food was simply great. A wonderful example of local food at its best. We shared the appetizer plate with local meats, lentils, cheeses and it was almost a meal in itself. One night I had the bison and my husband had the rabbit, which was served in bowls with sauces and veggies. These weren't stews but were simply well complemented combinations and were wonderful. The desserts lived up to the main courses. The service was excellent and we were recognized and greeted warmly on our second visit. Decor is subtle and complementary to the creamy cave setting in taupes and beige with stunning chandleiers. Go!

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Thank Deborah W
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