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

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

Philadelphia, PA

Paesano’s

1429 MARLBOROUGH ST
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Philadelphia’s Office of Food Protection conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 3/31/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Paesano’s was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 15 violations were found.

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:

  • The hand wash sink in the rear prep area was blocked by several pots & pans and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Sanitarian advised to relocate the pots during time of inspection.
    * Steel wool and wiping cloths are stored in the basin of the hand sink station in the front serving area. The Sanitarian advised the person in charge to discontinue storing anything in the hand sink station.  Corrected On-Site.  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.  New Violation.*
  • [11] Count raw eggs held at 72.1 degrees F, rather than 45 degrees F or below as required. The Sanitarian advised the person in charge to discard the eggs during time of inspection.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.*
  • Potentially hazardous ready to eat food (various type of deli meat & cheese), prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours, located in the reach-in refrigerator unit, was not date marked. The employee was advised to date the food item during time of inspection.  New Violation.*
  • Chlorine sanitizer solution being used in excess of over 200 ppm on food contact surfaces. The Sanitarian did demonstrate how to make/use sanitizer solution to the person in charge during time of inspection. Quaternary sanitizer solution was obtained and applied to the utensils and food contact surfaces during time of inspection.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.*
  • Various containers with chemicals in food prep area, used for storing chemicals taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical.  New Violation.*
  • Only high probe thermometer was observed during time of inspection. Hot & cold thermometer was jot observed during time of inspection.  New Violation.
  • Food employees observed not wearing or wearing ineffective hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard restraints.  New Violation.
  • Cutting board at the bain marie (sandwich prep unit) observed with deep scratches and scoring not allowing for effective cleaning and sanitizing.  New Violation
  • Food facility lacks quaternary and/or chlorine sanitizer test strips to monitor sanitizer concentration.  New Violation.
  • Interior & exterior of the refrigerations units are in need of cleaning.  New Violation.
  • No receptacle with lid was not observed for the soiled sanitary napkins in the unisex restroom.  New Violation.
  • No lighting was observed in the reach-in refrigerator unit in the front serving prep area.  New Violation
  • Mechanical ventilation hood and ventilation ducts are in need of service.  New Violation.

* Food borne illness risk factor

** 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.

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.

Photo credit: Larry Olmsted/Special to USA TODAY