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Derby restaurants score high on inspections

February 20, 2019

DERBY — Health Inspectors from the Naugatuck Valley Health District graded 27 of the city’s restaurants as excellent and four others as being good during checks dating back to December.

None of the city’s restaurants or food service establishments received a fair or poor rating.

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Grading out at excellent in December, January and February were:

Alimari’s Little Italy, 184 Elizabeth Street, inspected Dec. 26; Archie Moore’s Bar and Restaurant, 17 Elizabeth Street, inspected Jan. 7; Checker’s Food Store, 160 Elizabeth Street, inspected Jan. 22; Burger King, 540 New Haven Avenue, inspected Jan. 2; Dew Drop Inn, 25 North Street, inspected Feb. 15; Dunkin Donuts, 530 New Haven Avenue, inspected Dec. 17; Dunkin’ Donuts, 25 New Haven Avenue, inspected Dec. 17; and Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street, inspected Feb. 15.

Also grading excellent were:

Heavenly Donuts, 658 New Haven Avenue, inspected Jan. 17; House of Bones, 1 New Haven Avenue, inspected Dec. 10; In and Out Deli, 41, Elizabeth Street, inspected Jan. 23; Jersey Mikes, 50 Pershing Drive, inspected Dec. 19; KFC, 7 Pershing Drive, inspected Dec. 26; Lasowiak Polish Deli, 63 Derby Avenue, inspected Jan. 4; Mattei’s Deli and Catering, 418 Roosevelt Drive, inspected Jan. 4; McDonald’s, 44 Division Street, inspected Jan. 2 and McDonald’s 652 New Haven Avenue, inspected Jan. 2.

Also receiving excellent, four-fork inspection grades were:

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, 76 Pershing Drive, inspected Jan. 2; Sarita Del, 78 Hawkins Street, inspected Feb. 15; Savour Catering, 111 New Haven Avenue, inspected Dec. 17; Shop Rite Supermarket Sushi Bar, 49 Pershing Drive, inspected Jan. 23; Subway, 676 New Haven Avenue, inspected Jan. 4; Tipsy Tomato Bar and Pizzeria, 656 New Haven Avenue, inspected Jan. 17; Wayback Burgers of Derby, 54 Pershing Drive, inspected Jan. 24; Wendy’s, 709 New Haven Avenue, inspected Jan. 23 and Yolanda’s Bakery, 17 Hawthorne Avenue, inspected Jan. 22.

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

During that December to February time period inspection of three restaurants resulted in good ratings. They were Apollo Pizza, 235 Roosevelt Drive inspected on Dec. 14; River Rock Tavern, 5 Main Street, inspected on Jan. 4 and Twisted Vine, 285 Main Street, inspected on Dec. 5.

“These ratings are important to anyone in the restaurant industry,” said Mike Picone, the owner of Twisted Vine. “There’s always something to improve on.”

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.

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 insufficient hot and cold water pressure, using clean wiping cloths, keeping food surface free and noticing no presence of rodents. There also have to be hand-washing accessories percent, and written documentation of the training program.