March 4: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two Italian and one Indian restaurant are on the critical list this restaurant report. Here's a look at how they fixed the problems.

We begin in Chesterfield at a restaurant that just opened in October. Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria at 15717 City View Drive is already developing a loyal following. Said head chef and kitchen manager Gaspre Cruciata, " They love it! They love that it's authentic. They can tell that's its handmade. We hand make a lot of our things here."

Palermo had perfect scores on its first two inspections, but had 4 critical violations on their most recent. Said Cruciata, "It is very important and I appreciate having the inspectors come by and check on things and teaching us."

So they made sure their pots of meat sauce are stored at the proper temperature. Cruciata explained, "We're supposed to break them down to smaller pots, ice bath, with an iced spoon, you're supposed to stir it around until it brings it down to temp, then you can put it away."

They had an electrician tune a refrigerator. "Basically my refrigerator was a little off the temperature. Anytime I see something like that, I'm right on it. I fix it."

And they re-arranged their walk-in to make sure foods are stored properly. All violations were corrected on the spot.

In Henrico, Shahi Kitchen at 7927 West Broad Street had 4 critical violations. The report says rice, Tandoori chicken, and sliced tomatoes were holding at improper temperatures. Two violations were corrected during the inspection.

And in Richmond, Valentino's Pizza at 223 East Grace Street had 4 critical violations, including that containers of food and wrapped lettuce were observed stored in soiled water. Three violations were corrected during the inspection.

A previous NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award winner is getting national recognition. The Dairy Bar at 1602 Rosneath Road in Richmond is featured in this month's issue of Southern Living magazine.

Said Dairy Bar owners William and Patricia Webb, "We were selected as one of the five best breakfast restaurants in Virginia. They were in our restaurant a few weeks prior to Christmas and we had the best food, the best service, and we're very proud to be a part of the magazine."

The Dairy Bar has been serving up pancakes, waffles and omelettes since 1946.

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