DENVER -- Maggianos Little Italy in Englewood earned an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card for 16 critical violations in its May and February unannounced health inspections.
The restaurant located just off I-25 in south metro Denver at 7401 South Clinton Street earned a failing grade for violations including, “An employee sneezed in her arm and did not wash her hands after,” and, “An employee in the washing area did not wash their hands between dirty and clean dishes.”
The Tri-County Health inspection in May said lobster, salad mix, spinach and coffee creamer were all held at unsafe temperatures that could make you sick.
The reports also said a hand sink was not accessible and there was no soap on the cook line.
We requested an interview with Maggiano’s general manager, but received a statement that reads, “Maggiano’s takes all health department visits very seriously, and the restaurant took immediate action to correct all recent violations. Moving forward, we will continue to take steps to ensure the cleanliness of this restaurant for our guests.” Maggiano’s passed a follow up inspection last month.
The second “F” of the week goes to Pho 75 in Aurora.
Inspectors cited the restaurant at 2050 South Havana Street for 16 critical violations during a critical item inspection in July and an unannounced inspection in February.
In July, an inspector said, “An employee was observed rinsing gloved hands …” instead of removing gloves to wash their hands.
Also, “A whole chicken was stored next to the preparation sink at 83F and not undergoing preparation,” and, “Raw chicken was stored in a bowl under the sink at 68F.” Both chickens should be kept at 41F degrees to keep bacteria from growing.
In February’s unannounced inspection report, “Raw beef was stored above cooked rice,” and, “A lack of food safety knowledge was demonstrated by the nine other critical violations that were observed during the routine inspection.”
FOX31 Denver's Heidi Hemmat asked the owner of the restaurant, “Does your staff realize if they keep raw chicken out in a bowl all day long that it could make people sick?” Owner Uyen Nguyen said, “Yeah, I understand that.” Nguyen disagrees with some of the violations listed in the reports, but claims all of the problems have been corrected. Nguyen said, “It is safe to eat (here) we have no problem at all.”
Our “A” of the week goes to the Four Seasons banquet kitchen for no violations during back-to-back routine inspections. “We really have to go and make sure everybody is following the rules from the minute they walk in to the minute they walk out,” said Executive Chief Simon Purvis.
The kitchen employees 45 cooks, who Purvis said he is constantly training and re-training.
How restaurants appear on our Report Card
Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County and restaurants under the jurisdiction of the Tri-County Health Department. The Tri-County Health Department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.
An inspection is a “snapshot” of what is happening during the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have more or fewer violations than noted in an inspection. Also, at the time of an inspection, violations are recorded and can be corrected prior to the inspector leaving the restaurant. If violations are not corrected, a follow-up inspection is scheduled.
The criteria FOX31 uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two unannounced inspections by county health inspectors. A failing restaurant must have five critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five critical violations on the previous regular inspection. Health inspectors may conduct critical or follow-up inspections, due to the number of critical violations found during a regular inspection. Those inspections may also be considered for our reports. We recognize restaurants with two perfect regular inspections in a row by awarding them an A.