Paesano’s in Philly fumbles follow-up inspection, acclaimed chef’s restaurant hit with 17 violations, up from 15 on April 1

Paesano’s in Philly fumbles follow-up inspection, acclaimed chef’s restaurant hit with 17 violations, up from 15 on April 1

Philadelphia, PA

Paesano’s

1429 MARLBOROUGH ST
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Philadelphia’s Office of Food Protection conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 4/16/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Paesano’s, in the Fishtown section of Philly, was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 17 violations were found.

In summary statements the inspector said:

You are required to have a City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health Food Establishment Personnel Food Safety Certificate. You must submit your application and associated fee within 30 days of this inspection. If you do not submit your application, your establishment will be subject to an intent to cease operations order.

NOTE- Food Certified Individuals did not obtain Food Safety Certification from Phila. Dept of Public Health.

This inspection has revealed that the establishment is not in satisfactory compliance. Corrective action is required to eliminate these violations. Compliance status will be assessed upon reinspection.

The restaurant has recently received attention in the Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today. Both articles refer to Chef Peter McAndrews** suggesting him to be a well known Chef in Philadelphia. Tap on the links to read the stories

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

  • No person shall operate a food establishment that handles, prepares or serves non-prepackaged potentially hazardous food who does not have present and in the employ of the food establishment at all hours of operation at least one (1) person with a valid Food Establishment Personnel Food Safety Certificate issued by the Department. No Food Safety Certification from Phila. Public health was not observed during time of inspection.  New Violation.
  • No person shall operate a food establishment that handles, prepares or serves non-prepackaged potentially hazardous food who does not have present and in the employ of the food establishment at all hours of operation at least one (1) person with a valid Food Establishment Personnel Food Safety Certificate issued by the Department. No Food Safety Certification from Phila. Public health was not observed during time of inspection.  New Violation.
  • The hand wash sink in the rear food prep area was blocked by large pot and large food storage container and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Sanitarian advised the Person in Charge to discontinue this unapproved practice and remove all equipment from the hand sink during time of inspection.
    * Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand wash sink in the in the rear food prep area.  Repeat Violation.
  • Food employee cellphone stored in direct contact with single serve sandwich wrap in the food prep area. The Sanitarian did have the cellphone relocated and the sandwich wrap was discarded during inspection.  New Violation.
  • Interior surface of the 3-basin sink is not clean to sight & touch. The Sanitarian advised the Person in Charge to clean & sanitizer the 3-basin sin during time of inspection.
    * Food contact surfaces (several Knives & several cutting boards) are not properly cleaned & sanitized every 4 hours as required. The Sanitarian did review proper cleaning & sanitization of food contact surfaces during time of inspection with the Person in Charge.  Repeat Violation.
  • [2] Metal pans with sliced tomatoes was held at 75.2 degrees F rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. The fresh cut tomatoes was placed in 2-door reach-in refrigerator unit to properly cool during time of inspection. The Sanitarian did review proper temperature/danger zone with the Person in Charge during time of inspection.
    * Sliced deli meat was held at 53.4 degrees F rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. Deli meat was discarded during time of inspection.  New Violation.
  • Food employee medicines stored at the front serving window in food prep area, and were not stored to prevent the contamination of food, equipment or utensils. Sanitarian did review proper storage for employees during time of inspection.  New Violation.
  • Bottle of Bleach and bottle of pink soap is stored on the food prep table where the meat slicer is stored in the rear food prep area. The Sanitarian did review proper chemical storage with the Certified Person during inspection.  New Violation.
  • No probe thermometer for monitoring food temperature was observed during time of inspection.  Repeat Violation.
  • Food employees observed not wearing or wearing ineffective hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard restraints.  Repeat Violation.
  • Wiping cloths for wiping the food contact surfaces are observed lying on cutting board and not stored in sanitizing solution. The Sanitarian did advised the Person in Charge to obtain clean wiping cloth and keep the wiping cloth in sanitizer solution when it is not in use.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.
  • Cutting board at the bain marie (sandwich prep unit) observed with deep scratches and scoring not allowing for effective cleaning and sanitizing.  Repeat Violation.
  • Food facility lacks quaternary and/or chlorine sanitizer test strips to monitor sanitizer concentration.  Repeat Violation.
  • Interior & exterior of the refrigeration units are in need of cleaning.  Repeat Violation.
  • No receptacle with lid was not observed for the soiled sanitary napkins in the unisex restroom.  Repeat Violation.
  • Mechanical ventilation hood and ventilation ducts are in need of service.  Repeat Violation.
  • No lighting was observed in the reach-in refrigerator unit in the front serving prep area.  Repeat Violation.

Editors note: This inspection includes some unusual use of language. Some has been corrected where the intention was obvious, other statements were left as seen in the report.

** Media stories attribute a connection to the restaurant with Chef Peter McAndrews. The corporate owner is listed by the inspector as FAMR, LLC and states Anthony Lolio is a corporate officer of the restaurant. The inspector stated Antonio Liolo was the person in charge of this inspection.

Photo credit: Larry Olmsted/Special to USA TODAY

Philly’s Paesano’s fumbles inspections; acclaimed chef’s restaurant hit with 15 violations including 6 food borne illness risk factors