Kitchen Cops

Jun 20, 2014 12:47 AM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: Cook shows what he "nose" about kitchen hygiene

TUCSON - This summer Pima County health Inspectors are keeping the heat on local eating establishments to make sure they keep their food safe.

La Mia Toscana Italian Kitchen, at 7332 N. Oracle Rd., received seven critical violations. A cook was observed wiping his nose and then continuing to add spices to a pot without first washing his hands. An employee was seen chopping parsley without wearing gloves. Food items in a refrigeration unit were not properly date marked. Cutting boards had deep gouges and chips in them providing unacceptable food contact surfaces. With seven critical violations, La Mia Toscana Italian Kitchen, was given a "Provisional" rating.

La Mia Toscana management issued the following statement, "We take these violations very seriously. All violations were corrected on the spot. They will be coming back on Monday to make sure we are properly following the proper health codes. Two of the food handlers have already taken their food handler exams and will have current food handler cards. We will pass re-inspection with no problem."

Hotrods Restaurant, at 10500 E. Old Vail Rd., received six critical violations. Several refrigerated food items temped above the required maximum 41 degrees, with fruit salad temped at 57 degrees, cole slaw at 49 degrees. Other food items in a refrigerated grill drawer tested between 52 and 56 degrees. A cook was observed putting raw chicken on a grill and then handling other food without washing his hands and changing gloves. Utensils, bins, pans and a food slicer were encrusted with food debris. With six critical violations, Hotrods Restaurant was given a "Provisional" rating.

Hotrods management issued a statement saying, "Hotrods Old Vail has upgraded and serviced all refrigerated units to make sure all items stay at temp. All items noted on the report have been fixed and we have implemented new procedures to make sure we exceed all health department requirements!"

Last week we told about Kung Fu Noodle, 3122 N.Campbell Ave., receiving a "Provisional" rating. The Pima County Health Department has confirmed that Kung Fu Noodle passed re-inspection.

Restaurants awarded "Excellent" ratings include, Guiseppe's, at 6060 N. Oracle Rd., Boondocks Lounge, at 3306 N. 1st Avenue and Jeff's Pub, at 112 S. Camino Seco.

To see inspection reports on eating establishments we feature go to and click on "Kitchen Cops".


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