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A Pasta You Can't Refuse

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Although it’s only been open a couple of months, a restaurant in Volterra, Italy has a waiting list for reservations. And you have to go through a security check before you can get in. But that’s nothing, the chefs, waiters, and busboys can’t get out. The restaurant is inside the Fortezza Medicea maximum-security prison.

From the Telegraph(where you'll find a slideshow):

Serenaded by Bruno, a pianist doing life for murder, the clientele eat inside a deconsecrated chapel set behind the 60 ft-high walls, watch towers, searchlights and security cameras of the daunting 500-year-old Fortezza Medicea, at Volterra near Pisa.

Under the watchful eye of armed prison warders, a 20-strong team of chefs, kitchen hands and waiters prepares 120 covers for diners who have all undergone strict security checks. Tables are booked up weeks in advance.

The prison director, Maria Grazia Giampiccolo, said the inmates had developed a flair for their cooking: "I feel haute cuisine in a place like this prepares the inmates for when they are eventually released. The guests enjoy their meals and although the security seems at first very daunting and imposing, they get over it quite quickly and forget about the guards."

What’s on the menu? Here are some suggestions.

For an appetizer: Eggs in Prison.

Godfather Spaghetti Sauce. Taken from the movie. Can be used with any pasta.

Pezzetti di Cavallo. Translated to “Pieces of Horse”. No use in wasting good fresh meat.

An appropriate drink: the Godfather. Although personally, I’d prefer a Sicilian Kiss, which I’ve enjoyed since college days, any time I can afford it.

And for dessert, Mafioso Chocolate Cake.

Bon Apetit!

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