Pizzeria fails for temperatures, home-canned food, dishwasher

Pizzeria fails for temperatures, home-canned food, dishwasher issues

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A pizza restaurant has the lowest health inspection score for the week.

It took the inspector only half an hour to find half a dozen critical health violations that could affect the food you eat.

A grade below 70 is considered unsanitary.

Lowest score:

Dazzo's Pizzeria, 710 S. Gay Street - Grade: 59

At Dazzo's, the temperature of some pizzas were way off.

Pizza with chicken on it was 80 degrees and cheese pizza was 98 degrees.

But 140 and above is the safe temperature to prevent someone from getting sick.

The inspector said the soap dispenser was found stored over the food preparation table and some of the soap was on the table.

When she checked the dishwasher, it didn't have enough sanitizer in it, so dishes weren't being cleaned properly.

The inspector also watched an employee wipe her hands on her dirty apron without washing her hands before preparing food.

Cooking equipment was found stored on the dirt floor in the basement of the pizzeria.

And in the basement, the inspector found home-canned food.

It might have tasted great, but food products have to come from licensed vendors. 


Re-inspected scores:

Barley's, 200 Jackson Avenue, was re-inspected and received a 93. The Old City restaurant received a 73 last week.

Pete's Coffee Shop, 540 Union Avenue, was re-inspected after receiving a 75. The new score is an 89.


Top scores:

  • Panera Bread, 205 Peters Road - Grade: 96
  • TCBY, 9420 Northshore Drive - Grade: 96
  • The Turkey Creek Café, 10820 Parkside Drive - Grade: 92
  • Panera Bread, 4893 Broadway - Grade: 91

Some of these high scoring restaurants serve a lot of people everyday and those grades in the 90s are tough to attain.

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