About Angelo’s pizza and bistro: Five recent health inspections carry average score of 90.6 (an A-minus). Lawyer says owner fully cooperating with health officials in Toyo case.

About Angelo’s pizza and bistro: Five recent health inspections carry average score of 90.6 (an A-minus). Lawyer says owner fully cooperating with health officials in Toyo case.

Google StreetView of Angelo’s New York Style Pizza and Bistro at 650 Henderson Drive in West End Commons of Ga. 113 in Cartersville.
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  • This story has been updated with additional employee ER visits, the number of employees hospitalized and the projected reopening of the restaurant.

The restaurant that catered the Toyo Tire Thanksgiving lunch last week has a 90.6 average out of 100 possible points on its last five Health Department inspections over the past two years. That’s an A-minus rating on the grading scale used by health inspectors.

Angelo’s New York Style Pizza and Bistro in West End Commons off Henderson Street and Ga. 113 was cited for minor violations by health inspectors between Nov. 5, 2015, and the most recent visit on Sept. 26 of this year. The scores ranged from a low of 87 in March to a pair of 93s in the fall of 2016 and 2015. In fact, the restaurant earned a 96 in August 2014.

The restaurant was closed again Tuesday — voluntarily, says the health department — as sanitizing efforts were conducted to ensure no additional outbreaks occurred. It will remain closed until at least Monday, according to the health department.

We’ve called the restaurant and left Facebook message on both the restaurant’s page and the owner’s page, seeking comment about the investigation. We did receive this statement Tuesday afternoon from Angelo’s attorney, John T. Mroczko of Cartersville:

“Angelo and his family are heartbroken about the recent incident at Toyo Tire and offer their deepest sympathies and prayers to those who have been affected.  This community is their home and their customers are like family to them.  As such, the safety of their customers and the quality of their food has always been their highest priority.

“While no cause has yet been identified by health officials, and all parties — from the supplier to the plant facility — are undergoing inspection, Angelo and his team are fully cooperating with the Bartow County Health Department and Department of Public Health and have voluntarily closed their restaurant temporarily to determine the cause and swiftly resolve the situation.  Their main concern is the well-being of their customers, and they will reopen the restaurant as soon as it is practical.

“As both counsel and longtime patron of Angelo’s, I would encourage the community to await the facts and allow the process to play out.”

Background: What is believed to have been a food-borne illness has sickened up to 1,800 Toyo workers.So far, we’ve confirmed more than 80 workers were treated at Cartersville Medical and Floyd Medical centers with five being hospitalized.

Below, we’ve broken out the five most-recent restaurant inspection files posted by the health department. We have the score of each plus any specific findings explaining the score — that is, what inspectors found during their tours of the restaurant.

Angelos New York Style Pizza & Bistro (Food Service Inspections)
650 HENDERSON DR STE 101 CARTERSVILLE, GA 30120
View inspections: Click each for an indepth look at the inspections.
November 5, 2015 Score: 93, Grade: A
March 23, 2016 Score: 92, Grade: A
September 19, 2016 Score: 93, Grade: A
March 16, 2017 Score: 87, Grade: B
September 26, 2017 Score: 88, Grade: B

Sept. 26, 2017 inspection: 88

6-1AViolation of Code: [511-6-1.04(6)(f)] Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. (Meat slices,ham, cheese slices, pasta salad,tomatoes, eggplant rollatini) CA: Discussed with PIC, food was discarded.  New Violation.
12AViolation of Code: [511-6-1.04(4)(q)] Observed food stored on floor in walk-in cooler(containers of juice, boxes of pangasuis filets). CA: Informed PIC that food or food contact items must be stored at least 6 inches off the floor.  New Violation.
RemarksSalad prep cooler was not holding potentially hazardous food at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Discussed with PIC about not using cooler until the issue is fixed. Food was discarded and also I also informed the PIC that thermometers should be placed inside of the coolers.

Discussed and provided employee health policy sheets/bodily fluid clean up kit procedures.

 

March 16, 2017, inspection: 87

4-2BViolation of Code: [511-6-1.05(6)(m)] Dish machine not applying sanitizer at final rinse stage. CA: Notified manager that a separate sanitizing stage would have to be implemented until dish machine corrected.  New Violation.
5-1BViolation of Code: [511-6-1.04(5)(h)] Several food items(see temps.) on steam table not properly re-heated during serving time. CA: Employees re-heated food for hot-hold.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.

 

Sept. 19, 2016, inspection: 93

4-2BViolation of Code: [511-6-1.05(7)(b)] Observed old food stuck to clean strainer.CA: Discussed with PIC about issue and the strainer was taken to the ware washer to be re-washed.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.
14BObserved stacking of wet dishes. CA: Discussed with PIC the proper way to dry pots,pans and utensils before stack.  Repeat Violation.
15CViolation of Code: [511-6-1.05(7)(d)] observed food build up grease and dust accumulations on vents above grills. CA: Discussed with PIC about cleaning frequency of equipment.  New Violation.

 

March 23, 2016, inspection: 92

4-2BObserved dirt build up on interior of ice machine of the drink dispenser. Also observed, old food debris in containers with clean dishes.  Repeat Violation.
14BViolation of Code: [511-6-1.05(10)(a)] Observed stacking of wet dishes. Discussed with PIC the proper way to dry pots,pans and utensils before stack.  New Violation.
15AViolation of Code: [511-6-1.05(1)(i)] Observed gaskets/seals on cold holding unit in poor repair. Discussed with PIC the need to replace gaskets.  New Violation.
15CViolation of Code: [511-6-1.05(7)(d)] Observed soiled reach-in cooler gaskets.
Observed build-up of grease on nonfood-contact surface.
Discussed with PIC the need to clean gaskets and behind the grill more frequently.  New Violation.

 

Nov. 5, 2015, inspection: 93

4-2BViolation of Code: [511-6-1.05(7)(a)1] Observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine. CA: Discussed with manager routine cleaning.  New Violation.
11CViolation of Code: [511-6-1.04(6)(c)] Observed potentially hazardous food thawed in standing water. CA: Discussed that thawing must be done with running water or other approved methods.  New Violation.

 

Older inspections: The restaurant also had inspections on April 22, 2015, and received a score of 90 as well as an inspection on Aug. 13, 2014, and  received a score of 96. Only the previous scores — and not the reports — are included in the fire.

We checked several social media sites for overall scores for the restaurant as well.

  • On Facebook, 247 people had left comments for an overall rating of 3.3 stars (out of 5). The spread: 117 five-star listings and 80 one-star listings.
  • On Yelp, there were 19 reviews with an overall 3 out of 5 rating. There were six five-star reviews and six one-star rankings
  • On Trip Advisor, 54 reviews overall with 46 percent marked as excellent and 35 percent as very good.
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