The best restaurants in the world? In jail!

Eating at a restaurant is a regular thing, nowadays. Go eat at a restaurant in a prison, a bit less regular, isn't it?. Around the world there are lots of restaurants born in prisons that are still active or abandoned for some years now, let's see them together.

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The "Prison Cafeteria" Abashiri, near main island of Hokkaido offers guests the chance to try the food that prisoners still use to eat nowadays in this prison.Probably the ingredients they used are quite higher in quality  than those used in their indoor kitchens, but still, the idea is to offer a meal that is quite the same of the one they're having every seingle day. The offered menu cost less than 10 euros and offer: boiled rice, salad, fried fish, miso soup and daikon roots.

Food served to customers, as well as prisoners, is very high in fiber and nutritionally balanced, something which you can not really complain about.

In Cardiff, UK, there is a restaurant called "The Clink" (that literally means “jail”) and is runned by 30 detainees. The restaurant offers a variety of delicious dishes, created with the collaboration of well-known chefs in the UK, including Antonio Carluccio, king of the homonym chain stores, Italian Michelin starred chef Giorgio Locatelli and many others.

All together they have created some  beautiful  and delicious dishes to raise funds for the reintegration of prisoners into society, through food and cooking.

Another project that is having a huge success, is the public restaurant in the Medici's Fortress, Volterra's prison. In a beautiful breath taking location, this restaurant is again runned out by inmates regularly salaried, under the artistic supervision of the famous food critic Leonardo Romanelli in charge of recruiting chefs who will act as guides to make this experience a thing you'll never forget.


These restaurants are not just an opportunity to make money, but they born with the precise intention to restore the dignity of prisoners and give them a proper training once released from prison. It is estimated that the detainees who have participated in this type of program of social reintegration, the recurrence rate is below 10%, against 47% of those that come without adequate training to be readmitted into the working world.

Restaurants not only good for palates, but also for hearts.


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