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Panzano Restaurant, Ritz Carlton-downtown Denver get inspection F’s

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DENVER -- Fancy pants restaurants aren't always the cleanest of the bunch.

Panzano Restaurant

Panzano Restaurant failed our Restaurant Report Card with 12 critical violations in its last two unannounced inspections in March 2016 and September 2015.

In March, the inspector saw a pasta-making employee “remove her gloves and with her bare hands grabbed the dirty trash can (with the fingers inside her can)” and then continued working without washing her hands.  Another employee used his fingers to stop olive oil that went directly on a customer’s plate.

The report also said the dishwasher was not sanitizing and there was food debris, grease build up and dust in the kitchen.

Panzano’s general manager provided a statement.

“Panzano has been safely serving Denver diners since 1998. The issues on our recent inspection were corrected either while the inspector was in the restaurant or immediately thereafter."

Panzano, which is located at 1717 Champa St., passed a follow-up inspection in March.

Ritz Carlton - Downtown Denver

The Downtown Denver Hotel’s kitchen was cited for 10 critical violation in its March inspection.

The violations include no hot water in the butcher room sink and the dishwasher was not sanitizing.

Macaroni salad, cheese, pooled eggs and cooked vegetables were held at dangerous temperatures and that can cause food poisoning.

Also, an unapproved insect spray was being used in the kitchen.

The Ritz Carton sent a response.

“The violations from March 24th were reviewed and steps were immediately taken to correct the issues. The kitchen was re-inspected on March 31st and the outstanding issue was verified to be corrected.”

The Ritz Carlton is located at 1881 Curtis St.

Indian Tree Restaurant

Indian Tree Restaurant, located at the Indian Tree Golf Course in Arvada, scored an “A” for the second time in a row. The restaurant scored a perfect score on its two most recent health inspections. Indian Tree is located at 7555 Wadsworth Blvd.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 p.m. each Friday and features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County and restaurants under the jurisdiction of the Tri-County Health Department. The Tri-County Health Department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Contact Heidi HemmatAn 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 Denver 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.

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