MILANO, ITALY - 1 MARCH 2016: Mirko Savoldelli, an Italian inmate and cook, jokes with other inmates as he prepares a risotto for customers in the kitchen of the "InGalera" restaurant at the Bollate prison in Milan, Italy, on March 1st 2016.
"InGalera" (which translates in English as "InJail") is the first restaurant located inside a prison and offering high-quality cooking to the public and a future to the inmates. It was inaugurated last October inside the Bollate prison in Milan. It is open five days a week for lunch and dinner, and seats 55 people. There are 9 people involved in the project, including cooks and waiters, all regularly employed and all inmates of the prison, apart from the chef and the maître d’hôtel, recruited from outside to guarantee the high quality of the food served. The restaurant is a project of the co-operative ABC La Sapienza - that operates inside the prison and provides more than 1,000 meals three times a day with the help of inmates they've hired - and of PwC, a multinational operating in the field of corporate consultancy. The goal of this project is to follow prisoners in rehabilitation process of social inclusion.
The Bollate prison is already known for being a good example of penitentiary administration. The inmates are free to move around from one area to the other inside the prison (their cells open at 7:30am and close at 9pm) to go study, exercise in a gym, or work (in a call center, as scenographers, tailors, gardeners, cooks, typographers, among others) in one of the 11 co-operatives inside the prison or in one of the private partnering businesses outside the prison. The turnover of the co-operatives that work inside the prison was €2mln in 2012.