Cine Citta, Pasha's Brickell Closed Due to Violations
|Miami New Times|
|Pasha's in Brickell was one of two restaurants closed due to health violations over the past week.|
Cine Citta, which is licensed under Clue Citta Cafe, is a beachside seafood restaurant where inspectors observed more than 30 live roaches by the kitchen dishwashing machines. They also saw food contact surfaces that were encrusted with grease and/or soil deposits; improper separation of raw animal foods and ready-to-eat foods; cooler gaskets; accumulated debris in the dishwashing machine and a hot water supply not maintained during peak periods. The restaurant was closed on Sept. 4 and allowed to reopen the next day after resolving every single violation. Representatives at Cine Citta said they are in the process of preparing a statement for the press once management finishes its investigation.
Pasha's Brickell, a Mediterranean restaurant with three locations in Miami, was closed September 7 and allowed to reopen the next day after taking care of six reported violations. More than 10 live roaches were underneath a coffee machine; there was improper horizontal separation of raw animal foods and ready-to-eat foods; no hand washing sign at a sink used by employees in the men's restroom; food was removed from the original container and not identified by the common name; potentially hazardous food was not held at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above; and there was no proof of required employee training provided. Management could not be reached for comment.
The nature, and not the number, of critical violations are what cause a restaurant to be closed. Each of 45,000 licensed food service establishments in Florida are supposed to be inspected twice a year, but the State is operating behind a noticeable backlog. When a restaurant is closed, an inspector visits every 24 hours to make sure the violations are resolved before it is allowed to reopen. Repeated violations can net fines of up to $1,000.
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