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Restaurant inspections, Mambo Italiano

An Italian restaurant in Norcross voluntarily closed after receiving a second failing routine health score.

A Gwinnett County health inspector said Mambo Italiano, 5165 Peachtree Parkway, was using improper cooling methods for its pastas and sauces.

The restaurant was also serving undercooked tuna without documentation to prove the fish had no parasites.

Mambo Italiano was given a 56/U and asked to close until health officials approve a corrective action plan and the facility passes inspection.

During the routine inspection, multiple food items were discarded because temperatures were too high.

Penne, spaghetti and fettuccine pastas were still too warm even after six hours in a walk-in cooler. And tubs of marinara sauce, also in the cooler, had elevated temperatures despite having been prepared several days prior, according to the inspection report.

The food had been stored in deep containers instead of shallow pans, which allow for rapid cooling, the inspector said. It was the second time Mambo Italiano had been flagged for using improper cooling methods.

Also, blue cheese, hard-boiled eggs and milk were thrown away because temperatures were above the safe range, despite being in a cooler overnight.

Among other violations, live and dead roaches were seen around the soda machine and ice bin.

Mambo Italiano will be re-inspected. Its previous score was 86/B, and it had a failing score of 64/U in January.

In other news, a recently featured restaurant, Family Café, 3420 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Scottdale, brought its score up to a 91/A on a follow-up inspection.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Cobb County

  • Capozzi’s, 4285 Roswell Road, Marietta. 98/A
  • Corner Bakery Café, 2973 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta. 100/A
  • Hong Kong City, 2142 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 96/A
  • Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, 2125 Roswell Road, Marietta. 100/A
  • Reveille Café, 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta. 96/A

Coweta County

  • Bessie’s Family Kitchen, 87 Temple Ave., Newnan. 91/A
  • Golden’s on the Square, 9 E. Court Square, Newnan. 95/A
  • People’s Choice, 1741 Newnan Crossing, Newnan. 99/A
  • Taco Mac, 301 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan. 86/B
  • Truman’s BBQ, 24 W. Broad St., Newnan. 91/A

DeKalb County

  • China Feng, 3062 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 73/C
  • Dynasty Garden, 3274 Northlake Parkway, Tucker. 81/B
  • Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery, 720 Moreland Ave., Atlanta. 76/C
  • Los Bravos, 2042 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta. 84/B
  • Piassa, 3096 N. Decatur Road, Scottdale. 85/B

Fulton County

  • Arepa Mia, 209 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 100/A
  • Bite, 11500 Webb Bridge Way, Alpharetta. 92/A
  • Crabapple Tavern, 12350 Arnold Mill Road, Milton. 92/A
  • Haveli Indian Cuisine, 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 86/B
  • Rathbun’s, 112 Krog St., Atlanta. 100/A

Gwinnett County

  • El Molcajete Mexican, 2590 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford. 91/A
  • Family Kitchen, 1461 Pirkle Road, Norcross. 83/B
  • La Nonna’s Italian Restaurant, 6135 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. 70/C
  • Little Tokyo, 2096 Buford Dam Road, Buford. 94/A
  • Taqueria Oaxaguerna, 6310 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. 89/B

- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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