Inmates can order a pepperoni pizza that has been baked by their comrades behind bars and delivered straight to their cell.
Chef Bruno Abate, who cooks at Tocco—the Wicker Park Italian restaurant along Milwaukee Avenue—teaches select inmates how to make the thin-crust pies. He wants to expand his pupils’ appreciation for food and increase their self-esteem. The delivery program is for inmates in a mostly-medium security division. The menu includes six pies like Margherita or Four Seasons. Sausage is the top-seller for those encased in jail, according to county officials.
The pizzas aren’t free, costing between $5 and $7. Detainees use their commissary money. Food and criminals have had a connection in Chicago. Felony Franks, a suburban hot dog stand in Oak Park has gained attention for hiring convicts and giving them another chance. Tocco’s Abate is part of a program called Recipe for Change, a charity that helps bolster inmates’ work ethics.