November 25: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - To help you enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, we didn't want to show you any unappetizing critical violations in this Restaurant Report. Instead, we are honoring three restaurants who do it right, earning perfect scores on their state health inspections.

We begin at Friendly's, 11603 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield, which hasn't had any critical violations in two years and has earned perfect scores on most of its inspections over that time. They're serving up ice cream, three square meals and a very clean kitchen. General Manager Daisey Smallwood wouldn't have it any other way, "I'm pretty tough. I want stuff clean. My employees know I'm a little fidgety around dirt. So we try to keep everything clean and they do, they do a good job at cleaning."

Next we stop by Papa's Pizza, 214 Hull Street in Richmond, a new restaurant tapping into a growing market. Said co-owner Drew Papa, "They're doing a lot of stuff down here. They're doing a lot of construction. There's a lot of development. They're putting all these condos here, so they need restaurants."

Papa's earns an NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award for getting perfect scores on 3 out of the four inspections they've had since they opened earlier this year. Said Papa, "We don't want a bad review. We don't want people looking on channel 12 and if we have a dirty place people aren't going to come."

And finally, while you're shopping at Virginia Center Commons in Henrico, stop by Pizzaro, 9966 Brook Road. Said owner Frank Rajabi, "We have the flame baked pizza, we use all fresh ingredients. Everything is made from scratch down here daily."

This Italian restaurant has earned perfect scores on three inspections this year because Rajabi knows the importance of keeping things clean. "I have two children myself. I know how important it is to keep them safe. So when people bring their own children, we have to take care of them."

Don't worry. We'll be back to show you which restaurants had critical violations next week. Happy Thanksgiving!

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