13 violations at Rainaldi’s Restaurant in Monaca fouls inspection, “accumulation of dirt, grease and food residue throughout the kitchen and inside refrigerators”

13 violations at Rainaldi’s Restaurant in Monaca fouls inspection, “accumulation of dirt, grease and food residue throughout the kitchen and inside refrigerators”

Monaca, PA

Rainaldi’s Restaurant

201 Fairview DR
MONACA, PA 15061
724-774-1877

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on January 15, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Rainaldi’s Restaurant in Monaca was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 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.
  • Food facility has a reminder statement on the menu for foods that are / or could be served raw or undercooked to the consumer; however, does not clearly disclose which foods the reminder statement applies to.
  • Food facility is reusing ricotta cheese and sour cream containers which are intended to be a single-use article.
  • Observed duct tape and packing tape being used to repair food containers, prep tables, and refrigerator doors.
  • The handwash sink in the kitchen was blocked by noodles draining in collanders over buckets making the sink inaccessible at all times for employee use.
  • Observed an excessive accumulation of grease on the floor, walls and ceiling near the grill. The grill was not adequately positioned under the vent hood.
  • Food employees observed in kitchen area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats.
  • Vacuum packed salmon was observed thawing/thawed in the Frigidaire upright in the kitchen without the vacuum broken. Salmon had been thawing for 24 hours. Salmon was removed from the packaging.
  • Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety ham that was opened and held for more than 24 hours and located in the Beverage Air Upright was not being marked with the date it was opened. Corrected on site.
  • Observed ready to eat pepperoni stored with raw sausage and ground pork. Pepperoni was discarded. Observed raw rope hot sausage stored above bags of spinach and lettuce. No evidence of contamination observed. Corrected on site.
  • Observed knives and tongs inappropriately stored in a sanitizing solution and used prior to air drying. Corrected on site.
  • Flat top unit in the server area was used to hold salad fixing was 50*F. Facility was using a tray on ice as a coolant but the product was not adequately packed in the ice to keep the fixings 41*F or below. Owner scheduled a service call during the inspection and all product was moved to another cooler.
  • Observed an accumulation of dirt, grease and food residue throughout the kitchen and inside refrigerators. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil.