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.
- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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