See which Greenwich restaurants violated the health code or COVID-19 in the first quarter of 2021

See which Greenwich restaurants violated the health code or COVID-19 in the first quarter of 2021

Inspectors deduct points for violations on a 100-point scale, and a score below 80 requires a restaurant to make fixes in a speedy fashion. The most serious violations, subtracting four points, involve food temperature and handling, chemical storage, hand washing and sanitation. No restaurants were closed by the department because of COVID-19 public-safety non-compliance in the latest round of inspections. Pomodoro Pizza on East Putnam Avenue in Riverside was given an 82-point score by a health inspector, and two four-point violations were observed. The inspector said that unlabeled chemicals were found in the kitchen, and cheese was held at 47 degrees, not the required 45. In addition, the report stated, there were flies present, raw chicken stored above ready to eat food and there was reuse of single-use items found. A re-inpsection on March 20 gave a rating of 88.

Douro owner Ruy Correia said it was a one-time event involving workers who had just come in to start working. During one inspection at Douro on Greenwich Avenue March 18, two cooks were not wearing masks, according to the inspection report, but that was one of the few instances of non-compliance. Verbal warnings were given.

“Everybody’s doing the right thing,” he said. “I always get a high rating. We keep our kitchen immaculate.” The inspectors have been looking for violations involving coronavirus safety protocols. While inspectors found a number of coronavirus-related violations in late 2020, and took a handful of complaints from the public, there were hardly any found in the first quarter of 2021, records show.

At Bistro V on Greenwich Avenue, a score of 89 was given, and two four-point violations were recorded, according to the inspection report. A hand sink near the cook area was blocked and a refrigerator had a temperature of 51 degrees. The problems were corrected, resulting in a later score of 93. “We always fix anything right away,” said owner Marc Penvenne. He said the kitchen was kept clean and up to code, and the establishment typically received ratings in the upper 90s. Pizza Planet was cited with a four-point violation and given a rating of 89. An inspector found a prep-fridge temperature at 47-48 degrees, when the threshold is 44 degrees. The report stated there was no soap at a hand sink, food stored on the floor and stagnant water in a sink. Manager Sam Silva said the problems were fixed immediately and the food operation was closely supervised.

Harvest Wine Bar was cited with two four point violations — an improper back flow device used on the plumbing, and a sink behind the bar used as a “dump sink,” while it was intended for use as a hand sink. An initial score of 86 was later revised to 94. Manager Vincenzo Siguenza said the problems were fixed quickly. He said a new bartender was working when the sink issue was flagged and given additional training. At the Little Pub in Cos Cob, a score of 85 was given by a health inspector who found a dumpster left open, gouges in a cutting board, workers not wearing hair restraints, flies and dirty walls, the report stated.

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