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NVHD gives excellent and good ratings to 27 Ansonia food service establishments

February 6, 2019

ANSONIA — None of the city’s restaurants or food establishments received a rating less than excellent or good in the past two months.

That is the result of the weekly food inspections conducted by the Naugatuck Valley Health District. While Ansonia has numerous restaurants, this list only involves those that were inspected in December or January.

None of the city’s restaurants received a fair or poor rating during this time period.

Grading out at excellent in December or January were Area 43 on 143-45 North Main Street, inspected on January 9; The Bangkok Rood, 76 Main Street, inspected on Dec. 28; Burger King, 20 Pershing Drive inspected on Dec. 14; Casa Bianca, 669 Main Street, inspected on Jan. 7; Cumberland Farms, 5 Pershing Drive, inspected on Jan. 18;

DiGiovannis’ Cafe and Catering, 344 Main Street inspected on Dec. 20; Duchess Restaurant, 60 Pershing Drive inspected on Jan. 15; Eastern Bistro, 669-D Main Street, inspected on Jan. 15; Eddy’s Bake Shop, 317 Main Street inspected on Jan. 18 and Europol Deli and Gifts, 354 Main Street inspected on Dec. 5.

Also receiving excellent grades are Frank’s Pizza, 284 North Main Street, inspected on Dec. 28; Koi Restaurant, 375 Main Street inspected on Jan 5; Moon Star Asian Restaurant, 100 Division Street inspected on Dec. 11; Palma Restaurant, 252 Main Street inspected on Jan. 10; Pelin’s Pizza, 228 Pershing Drive inspected on Jan. 18; and Pizza Hut at Target, 20 West Main Street inspected on Jan. 11.

Others rated as excellent were Platt Street Groceries and Deli, 52 Platt Street inspected on Dec. 12; Roma Pizzeria, 150 Wakelee Avenue, inspected on Dec. 28; Rosa Mina, 384 East Main Street, inspected on Jan. 24; SA Mart and Deli, 95 Wakelee Avenue, inspected on Jan. 18; Starbucks at Target, 20 West Main Street, inspected on Jan. 11 and Zani Pizza, 184 Wakelee Avenue, inspected on Jan. 18.

An excellent or four-fork grade under the Naugatuck Valley Health District’s restaurant ratings means a food service establishment scored between 93-100 with no critical four point violation and not more than one risk factor violation. The rating was done with a qualified food operator or other knowledgeable, trained staff at the time of the inspection.

“We’re very happy with our rating,” said Louie Bekiri, who is an owner of Roma’s. “It shows our customers that we try very hard to make sure everything is done correctly and safely.”

The excellent rating also means records of training were up to date and safe food handling practices and procedures were observed by the inspector.

Bekiri said training is very important for the food staff.

Six restaurants received a three-fork or good rating. Those are 232 on Main Street inspected on Dec. 11; China Garden, 289 Main Street inspected on Jan. 8; Copper City Bar & Grill, 82-84 Main Street, inspected on Jan. 8; New China Sea, 25 Maple Street inspected on Jan. 8; Super Stop & Shop, 100 Division Street inspected on Jan. 10 and Taco Bell, 205 Division Street, inspected on Dec. 4.

Details of why these restaurants received good ratings was not immediately available. While the Naugatuck Valley Health District’s website maintains the ratings are available for review Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., a representative told Hearst Connecticut Media that an appointment to look at the reports has to be made so an NHVD employee can sit with the individual.

A good rating represents a score of 86 to 92. This rating applies to food service establishments with no critical four-point violations and no more than two risk factors. It means the establishment was free of major structural defects and exhibited safe handling procedures and was in compliance with the Public Health Code.

Any of these are defined as risk factors: not having adequate facilities to maintain product temperatures; not protecting food during storage, preparation, display, service or transportation; not using good hygienic practices no food containers on the floor as well as minimizing food handling. Other risk factors include sufficient hot and cold water pressure, using clean wiping cloths, keeping food surface free and noticing no presence of rodents. There also has be handwashing accessories precent, and written documentation of the training program.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District requires these ratings to be posted in a conspicuous location clearly visible to the public or near a current permit.

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