Stratford Restaurant Inspections: A 'Rough Batch'

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Some pies from Salerno's, who failed its latest inspection on file in August due to a cold holding violation. Credit: Contributed Photo
Some pies from Salerno's, who failed its latest inspection on file in August due to a cold holding violation. Credit: Contributed Photo

Stuffed pizza 62 degrees short of its required minimum hot holding temperature. Mozzarella cheese 23 degrees over its prescribed maximum cold holding threshold. Toxic chemicals improperly labeled and stored near food.

These were some of the significant violations included in a round of Stratford restaurant inspections compiled by Stratford Patch.

“There’s really no explanation,” says Andrew Anderson, an inspector at the Stratford Health Department who provided the scores. “It’s just one of those rough batches.”

Anderson pulled the files of 12 Stratford restaurants, eateries whose inspections were requested by followers of the Stratford Patch Facebook page.

Out of the 12, eight failed.

A restaurant fails an inspection when it receives a score below 81 or a four-point violation. The business then has two weeks to correct the marked violation(s) before a re-inspection.

Common four-point demerits, which are the harshest deductions, include improper hand washing, food temperature violations and improper storage of toxic chemicals.

Food in hot holding must be kept at 140 degrees or higher; food in cold holding is required to be stored at 45 degrees or less.

Anderson says restaurant owners are shown the inspection form before opening. 

For this list, we’ve included some specific violations for all failed inspections as well as those scores under 90.

Station House Wine Bar & Grill

Inspected: Nov. 18

Score: 81 (pass)

Violation(s): shelf rusting in basement; thermometer missing in walk-in cooler; dirty can opener.


Inspected: Dec. 16

Score: 89 (pass)

Violation(s): shelving in painted reach-in refrigerator rusting; improper resting of food.

Hong Kong Cafe

Inspected: Sept. 9

Score: 94 (pass)


Inspected: Nov. 6

Score: 64 (fail)

Violation(s): unlabeled spray bottle containing soap, sanitizer stored with liquor at bar (both four-point demerits); butter in hot holding at 127 degrees, tomato broth at 119 degrees, marinara sauce at 110 degrees (also four-pointers).

Lumi re-inspected: Dec. 4

Score: 97 (pass)

Duchess Diner

Inspected: Nov. 20

Score: 80 (fail)

Violation(s): missing consumer advisory regarding egg products (four-pointer).


Inspected: Dec. 16

Score: 88 (fail)

Violation(s): beef on grill (hot holding) at 120 degrees (four-pointer).

Star Pizza

Inspected: Dec. 9

Score: 82 (pass)

Violation(s): missing consumer advisory; deep groves on cutting board.


Inspected: Dec. 4

Score: 81 (fail)

Violation(s): tomatoes in cold holding at 54 degrees (four-pointer).

Danny’s Drive-In

Inspected: Nov. 15

Score: 87 (fail)

Violation(s): Windex in spray bottle unlabeled (four-pointer).

Main Wah

Inspected: July 26

Score: 81 (fail)

Violation(s): WD-40 stored near container of salt under prep table (four-pointer).

Villa Pizza

Inspected: Dec. 9

Score: 93 (fail)

Violation(s): stuffed pizza in hot holding at 78 degrees (four-pointer).


Inspected: Aug. 23

Score: 86 (fail)

Violation(s): mozzarella cheese in cold holding at 68 degrees (four-pointer).

Tina Manus December 30, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Didn't mccoys get a 100 a zillion times and u never published it?? ...just saying...and Alcapulcos will still make 5 times the business of any restaurant in Stratford...lol...Downtown StratCity is unscathed...again...
Theresa December 30, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I would be more concerned if any of these restaurants had rat poop in their tomato sauce or moldy sushi. I understand about the stored WD-40 and Windex unlabeled near food (why it is there who knows) but it doesn't affect the food quality.
Bovice December 30, 2013 at 07:03 PM
New York Pizza House next time please.
Jason Bagley (Editor) December 30, 2013 at 09:03 PM
@Tina Manus, published right here: http://stratford.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/stratford-restaurant-inspections-acapulcos-blue-goose-gaetanos-and-more
Tmc December 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I don't think having a bottle of Windex without a label is a big deal; my label for my spray bottle peeled off long ago as I keep refilling it from a gallon jug. At least it shows they ARE cleaning. Like someone is going to confuse a spray bottle with a ketchup bottle? Pleeeze...
Anne K. Mulligan December 31, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Tmc, I was just saying the same thing. Blue liquid in a spray bottle is pretty-much always window cleaner. That doesn't seem like it should be a "fail."
Robyn Greenspan December 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Thanks for the information, Jason. I see a couple of restaurants I frequent in the "fail" category and hope they can quickly make permanent corrections. Would you consider publishing similar information about our local nail salons? I believe they are also subject to safety inspections.
trish December 31, 2013 at 01:24 PM
How about Gino's Pizza, Biagio's and My Gyro?
Robert Chambers January 02, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Getting dinged for having the wrong cleaner in the wrong place doesn't bother me as much as the temps or lack of it with food products. What would bother me more is if they didn't have cleaning products around and just used a dirty greasy rag to clean with.
M.Hulton January 02, 2014 at 05:33 PM
How about the Blue Goose?
Tmc January 02, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Dolly January 06, 2014 at 10:03 AM
How about the Blue Sky and Metro Grill.


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