By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

17 violations, Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza in Saint Clair outside Pottsville blunders restaurant inspection, too many flies and fruit flies

17 violations, Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza in Saint Clair outside Pottsville blunders restaurant inspection, too many flies and fruit flies



Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza

Coal Creek Commerce Center
400 Terry Rich BLVD STE 5
Saint Clair, PA 17970
(570) 429-1888

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on September 25, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations.

During this most recent inspection a total of 17 violations were cited against the popular restaurant. Last year’s annual Vitos Coal Fired Pizza passed their annual inspection, albeit with 8 violations found. In 2017 the restaurant missed the mark with a total of 22 violations found.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code as evident by the violations observed in this inspection report.
  • Excessive fly activity (in addition to fruit flies) located near ice machine and soda dispense manifold of rear alcove.
  • Facility does not have on hand chlorine test strips used for determining adequate sanitizer concentrations.
  • Observed 3 cucumbers to have presence of a white mold-like substance located inside walk-in cooler. *Corrected*
  • Observed old drink residue located inside soda dispense nozzles of side (nearest to extended dining area) dining area.
  • Large pot of tomato sauce (cooling) stored directly on ground in rear food preparation area. *Corrected*
  • The food facility does not maintain Food Employee Certification records as required.
  • Food employee touching ready to eat break with bare hand contact. *Corrected*
  • Raw animal foods stored directly above ready to eat foods located inside walk-in cooler, large single door grill line cooler, and larger Bain-Marie cooling unit.
  • Walls located in the following areas were observed to have presence of soil accumulations and/or old food splatter: Wall directly next to rear food preparation area grill line, bottoms of walls (approximately 2-3 ft off ground) throughout ware wash area.
  • Observed old flour accumulations located on flooring around dough mix area.
  • Floors (left side) of bar area walk-in cooler were observed to have presence of excessive drink spill.
  • Floors located below grill line (rear kitchen) were observed to have presence of old food debris and grease.
  • Observed containers of torch fuel being stored directly above food containers located on side wall dry storage area (adjacent to rear food preparation area). *Corrected*
  • Denting and areas of disintegration located on both grill area hood filters.
  • Observed numerous missing ceiling tiles and dirty ventilation grates throughout main food preparation areas of kitchen.
  • Commercially processed TCS foods located inside walk-in cooler (held greater than 24 hours) were observed being stored without date mark system.
  • Rear kitchen area hood system is missing hood filters.
  • Hood system vent line located directly above dish wash unit was observed to have presence of heavy soil accumulations.



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Don Shaw

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