Major violations found at a handful of Greenwich restaurants, markets
GREENWICH — The latest round of inspections by the town Health Department found a handful of dining establishments in Greenwich with significant violations — and two were threatened with fines.
Some dining establishments had numerous minor violations, inspectors found.
On a 100-point scale, a score below 80 is a failure. A 4-point violation, involving food temperature and handling, as well as hand cleaning and sanitation, requires a short-term correction. Some dining establishments are required to go through a reinspection if the Health Department deems it necessary.
No restaurants were closed by the department in the latest round of inspections, running from April through June, though serious warnings were issued to a small number. Nearly 200 establishments were inspected by the Health Department in that timeframe.
Polpo on Old Post Road #3 came in with an initial score of 77, the lowest in the latest round of inspections. An inspector found flies in the basement and “filthy” flooring. A dirty cloth was observed on the prep area, according to the report. There was a temperature violation, as well — red peppers and herbs were at room temperature. An active leak was another significant issue requiring immediate servicing, the report stated. The inspector set a deadline and said the department would “incur fines” and “can subject the facility to closure.” The corrections were made in time.
At Famous Greek Kitchen on North Water Street in Byram, where earlier issues had been flagged, the inspector wrote that fines could be a possibility. Food was not kept at the required 41 degrees, the report stated, and food made in-house were not properly labeled and dated. In addition, a coffee cup was found on a prep table, and staff was not wearing gloves. The rating eventually came in at 94.
The Castle View Deli on Morgan Avenue in Pemberwick received a rating of 80, and two 4-point violations were noted. A hand sink in the kitchen was blocked, the report stated, and some food in a cold-storage unit was recorded at 46 to 52 degrees, above the 41-degree limit. Uncovered food was found, and there were glove and soap violations as well, according to the report.
Bella Nonna on Railroad Avenue was rated at 81, with two 4-point violations. A hot water bath was leaking and needed service, and a hand sink was inaccessible. The report also cited a dirty can opener, food in a shopping bag, tongs stored on an oven door and an open door.
Pasta Vera on Greenwich Avenue was rated at 82, with a number of 2-point violations observed: unclean floors, food stored in shopping bags and uncovered food stored on the floor of a walk-in storage area, according to the report.
Mumbai Times on the Post Road in Cos Cob received a rating of 84, and two four-point violations were found, according to the inspector. Dirty walls and floors were noted, and rags were not stored in a sanitizing solution, the inspector wrote, and “equipment not sanitized in a timely fashion.” There was a leaky faucet, and a mop stored improperly, the report stated.
At Thai Basil on Railroad Avenue, an initial rating of 83 was given. A hand sink was inaccessible, a rice spoon was found in stagnant water and there was equipment on the food line, the inspector wrote. A reinspection gave the establishment a rating of 87 later.
The Field Club on Lake Avenue was surveyed during the latest round of inspections, after it was voluntarily closed in late April following a rash of what appeared to be food-borne ailments. The inspector found some staffers failed to wear hair nets, “unauthorized personnel present in the kitchen,” deep cracks in a cutting board, workers eating in the kitchen, dried food present on a slicer and a door propped open. None of the violations was major. A later visit brought the rating to 92.
Two 4-point violations were noted at Citarella on West Putnam Avenue. An inspector found that some in-house prepared items were not properly dated and labeled, and similarly, commercial cold cuts were not dated and labeled after they were opened. The issues were addressed, and the store was later rated at 98.
The schools surveyed in the latest round scored at 100 or in the upper-90 range, with some exceptions.
At Brunswick Middle School, a sanitizing device was too close to the food-prep area, and it was relocated. The rating eventually came in at 98.
Greenwich High School was found to have some violations. “Personal items (food) stored with commercial food,” the inspector noted. “Floor under prep sink filthy” was another notation. A faucet was leaky, and food was found stored on the floor in a freezer. The rating was eventually listed at 91.
At the Hamilton Avenue School, a 4-point violation was detected. A sanitizer bath was too diluted and did not meet the required amount of chemical concentration, according to the inspector, who also noted that workers were letting items sit in the sanitizer for too long. The rating was eventually raised to 94.
Glenville School was rated at 94, with a sanitizer bucket exceeding the proper amount of chemical concentration. The problem was later corrected, the report stated.
A number of schools received 100-point report cards: Eastern Middle, Brunswick Lower, Eagle Hill, Julian Curtiss, New Lebanon, North Mianus, Parkway, Riverside and Western Middle.