Restaurant Report Card: Denver restaurant fails for decaying mice

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DENVER -- Gennaro’s claims to have the “best Italian” food on their web site, but their customers don’t expect dead mice with their meals.

The restaurant located at 2598 South Broadway failed our Restaurant Report Card with 12 critical violations in its un-announced inspections in January 2014 and August of last year.

Denver’s Department of Environmental Health in January found “three dead and decaying mice … in the dry storage area” and “more than 50 rodent droppings on the floor in the basement … on boxes of lids, on shelves, etc.”

The health inspector also found, “soups, cheese (and) wings” were all held at too warm of temperature and were thrown out.

In August, the sanitizer was so strong it was toxic and buckets were being used to store food.

FOX31 Denver’s Heidi Hemmat asked the owner, “We want to talk to you about the dead and decaying mice and whether that’s been resolved?” Tanya Tiscanni, the owner of Gennaro’s said, “It absolutely has. Every issue we had was resolved within a week’s time of the next inspection.” Gennaro’s passed a follow up inspection on January 30, 2014.

Cazadorez Bar and Grille in Aurora earned an “F” on our report card due to a history of poor inspections from July 2013 to January of 2014.

Tri-County Health inspectors have inspected the location seven times in the year-and-a-half and cited the restaurant for more than 40 critical violations.

In January 2014 “cooked ground beef and potatoes” were held at too warm of temperature to prevent bacteria from growing.

In November, an inspector found “Hot and cold water not available at … sink at the bar,” and “Hot water was not functioning at the women’s restroom hand sink,” plus “soap was not available at the cook line hand sink.”

During an August inspection, “An employee in the kitchen was observed touching the floor and cleaning and then moving on to food preparation without changing gloves and washing hands.”

No one from Cazadorez would return our calls and when Hemmat went to the restaurant no one would talk. Cazadorez passed a follow up restaurant on March 3.

Our “A” of the week goes to Churches Chicken on Colorado Boulevard for no critical violations in back-to-back health inspections.

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 5 critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and 5 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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