Pizzeria Vesuvius is a trendy hot pie place that’s also a cool music venue in the heart of Atlanta’s historical old 4th ward.
While the wood fired pies are named after famous volcanoes, it was a health inspector who nearly blew up during a visit March 17.
The restaurant’s food permit had expired. Temperatures in a refrigerator were too warm. A hand sink had been removed from the kitchen and the staff had to wash their hands in the prep sink.
The pizzeria at 327 Edgewood Avenue received a score of 45 out of 100, a failing grade well below their string of straight A’s.
Vesuvius Manager Russell Meyer called it a case of “bad timing.”
“She came in and saw those major offenses and said, ‘Hey, you better get these things fixed right away. I’m going to have to give you a bad score,” he said.
The restaurant’s food permit was quickly renewed. Meyer said the permit had expired for about a week and a half because he misplaced the bill.
The refrigerator that couldn’t hold down the temperature was repaired, and all the food inside was thrown out, Meyer said.
As for the missing sink, the inspector showed up in the middle of a project to relocate a hand sink, one of seven in the facility, and workers had not had time to finish the installation, Meyer said.
All of the violations were corrected by Monday and approved by the inspector, said the manager. A follow-up food service inspection is expected later this week.
“There wasn’t anything bad about our cleanliness or operations,” Meyer said. “She’ll come back and score us on Friday and I expect we’ll get a 95 or higher.”
Pizzeria Vesuvius received a 95 and a 99 on its previous inspections.
Here’s a look at other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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