Convicts and the Culinary Arts: Italy’s Jailhouse Restaurant

Prison food, from what I’ve been told, is never very good–unless, of course, you happen to be dining at Fortezza Medicea in Volterra, Italy.

Fortezza Medicea is a real life prison where convicts operate a fully functioning restaurant that serves meals to those civilians brave enough to venture into the prison for a surreal evening of dining.

Oh man! Leave it to the Italians to replace the traditional license-plate making industry normally found in prison with a restaurant!

According to Budget Travel, the program was created to provide training that would help convicts land jobs in the food industry once they leave prison. Plan well in advance, however, if you are planning to visit: prospective diners must pass a two-month background check before reservations are accepted.