Inspection Tello’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Williamstown; 11 violations, rodent-like droppings under sink and in rear dry storage area under stacks of cardboard food containers

Inspection Tello’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Williamstown; 11 violations, rodent-like droppings under sink and in rear dry storage area under stacks of cardboard food containers

Williamstown, PA

Tello’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

101 E MARKET ST
WILLIAMSTOWN, PA 17098
717-647-7400

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 4/27/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Tello’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Williamstown was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 11 violations were found.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.
  • Observed peels for removing pizzas from oven and pans stored directly next to handwashing sink in front food preparation area, potentially exposing food to splash from the sink.
  • Light inside of walk-in cooler not shielded or shatterproof.
  • Ceiling tiles missing in the rear dry storage area, and need replaced.
  • An open employee’s beverage was observed in the food preparation area nearest the walk-in cooler.
  • Marinara sauce, stated by management to have been prepared at approximately 7:00 AM that morning, was not cooled from 135°F to 70°F in 2 hours and from 135°F to 41°F within 6 hours following preparation. Dial thermometer was calibrated onsite in the presence of management at approximately 11:50 AM, and an internal temperature of 110°F was observed after the sauce was stirred. Management voluntarily disposed of the sauce and estimated the value to be $100.
  • The following surfaces were observed to be not clean to sight and touch: – Interior of double-door freezer in front food preparation area was observed to have a build up of food debris. – Fryer baskets had a build up of food residue.
  • The hand wash sink in the front food preparation area was blocked by a pan and not accessible at all times for employee use.
  • Observed approximately 4 rodent-like droppings under 3-bay sink and approximately 12 rodent-like droppings in rear dry storage area under stacks of cardboard food containers, suggesting food facility may not have adequate pest control service.
  • Observed rodenticides in the utility closet, not labeled by the manufacturer as approved for use in a food facility.
  • A food employee was observed touching cooked mushrooms – a ready to eat food – with bare hands.