Two area restaurants cited for only minor violations after recent shutdowns for failed inspections

Two area restaurants are bouncing back with better inspection results after each of them were shut down earlier this year for high-priority violations.

Chef's of Napoli is located on U.S. 301 in Wildwood.
Chef’s of Napoli is located on U.S. 301 in Wildwood.

Chef’s of Napoli on U.S. 301 in Wildwood had been shut down in January due to roach activity, according to inspection information on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The inspection also revealed that some equipment was in poor repair, including a microwave handle that was broken and lights that were not working. A high-priority violation was discovered when the inspector found that a dishmachine’s chlorine sanitizer did not meet minimum requirements. There were also food temperature violations and an accumulation of encrusted food debris on a mixer head and dough machine. The restaurant corrected the violations and was able to re-open the following day.

As of its most recent inspection on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Chef’s of Napoli had only four basic violations. They were in regard to an employee storing personal items in a food preparation area, improper use of sponges, a light not functioning on an overhead hood and old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.

Little Joey's Italian Restaurant
Little Joey’s Italian Restaurant

In February, Little Joey’s Italian Restaurant in Baylee Plaza in Summerfield was forced to shut down after roach excrement was found near a pizza-making table. There were numerous dead roaches on the floor under refrigeration units in the kitchen, the inspector’s report indicated. More than 20 dead roaches were on the floor in the server station. Four dead roaches were on the floor in pizza station. Six dead roaches were on the floor near a mixer. More than 15 dead roaches were on the floor under a triple sink. Two dead roaches were on the shelf under a steam table on the cookline. The restaurant was allowed to re-open the following day after coming into compliance. As of a March 13 inspection, Little Joey’s met inspection standards and was cited for only three basic violations. They were old food stuck to clean dishware, soil residue buildup on non-food contact surface, and a wiping cloth chlorine sanitizing solution not at proper minimum strength.

In the case of both restaurants, violations were corrected on site while the inspector was present.

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