Some foreigners at the restaurant "Altrove" in Rome, a project of Onlus Cies, created to give employment opportunities to Italian and foreign youths in the restaurant business | Photo: ANSA
Some foreigners at the restaurant "Altrove" in Rome, a project of Onlus Cies, created to give employment opportunities to Italian and foreign youths in the restaurant business | Photo: ANSA

The restaurant Altrove in Rome is promoting a project of social integration by training Italian and foreign youths.

A recently renovated restaurant in Rome, 'Altrove', is promoting social integration under the guidance of chef Barbara Agosti. Altrove's cuisine is multicultural and multiregional, like its team in the kitchen, the project's promoters said on Friday, January 7.

The restaurant is part of a project launched by the association Onlus Cies to give employment opportunities to Italian and foreign youths in the restaurant business.

The project starts with training

Promoters of the project said "Altrove was first created as a training school, before becoming a restaurant, with the organization of three professional courses -- for assistant chef, assistant pastry chef and bar, restaurant waiter -- which are completely free for 60 youths between the ages of 16 and 25, in particular NEET (an acronym for "not in education, employment or training") and foreigners with international protection."

The owners of Altrove went on to explain that, "after completing the entire cycle of training, students were enrolled in a paid internship program either in Altrove or other restaurants in Rome adhering to the project."

Courses to resume soon

Altrove's menu reflects the multicultural ideal promoted by the restaurant with ingredients that are typical of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Delicacies on offer include chickpeas, potatoes, chicken and lamb, cooked with spices.

The social project launched by the restaurant in the Ostiense/Garbatella neighborhood of the capital starts by training youths who will then work as sous chefs in the kitchen or as waiters in the dining area.

"Educational activities had to stop during the pandemic but training on the job continued," organizers said. "We are confident that the proper courses will resume soon."

 

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