Nov. 7, 2016 Staff Report
A popular 37th Avenue pizzeria was closed last week by the Department of Health after failing its latest health inspection.
Due Fratelli, located at 76-23 37th Avenue, was shut down on Nov. 1 after it racked up 30 points worth of sanitary violations. Twenty-eight points or more is considered a failing grade.
The poor result was not an isolated incident. In February, the pizza joint amassed a whopped 63 points.
During its most recent inspection, the agency claimed the restaurant lacked a proper place for employees to wash their hands in both the food preparation area and toilet.
The department also claimed that the food supervisor also did not have the required food protection certificate; furthermore, the hot food was kept below the minimum 140 degrees required, according to the DOH.
The Health Department gives out letter grades to restaurants based on a points system. Any restaurant that receives between zero and 13 points receives an A grade, any receiving between 14 and 27 points gets a B grade, and any with 28 or more points gets a C grade. Each point value is assigned based on the size and scale of the violation.
If any violations are especially bad, the restaurant can be shut down until it gets its score back under 28 violation points, at which point it can be inspected again and reopen.
The owner of the Due Fratelli could not be reached for comment.
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