More than 100 rodent droppings found in South Florida pizzeria

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter
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A state inspector found rodent and roach issues at Monti's Pizzeria in Fort Lauderdale last week and ordered the kitchen shut.

Inspectors were at Monti's for a routine, unannounced inspection.

Rodent issues were also found at Cafe Chung King in Model City and Gayou's Restaurant in Little Haiti.

All the places mentioned were allowed to re-open following an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.

***Monti's Pizzeria 

2973 W. Commercial Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale

Ordered shut Oct. 18

16 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 20 dry droppings on the floor under shelving in front of the walk-in cooler . Approximately 80-100 dry droppings in a cabinet under a 3 compartment sink in the front of the establishment next to an ice machine."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 5 in the unused non working reach in  cooler on the cooks line. Approximately 10 on the floor next to the floor mixer on the cooks line. 3 on the floor under a sheet pan rack next to a 3 compartment sink in the rear of the establishment. 1 on the floor in front of the walk-in cooler."

"Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface. Observed a build-up of dried food debris on the grinder attachment of the floor mixer."

"Food manager certification expired."

"Build-up of old burnt food debris on the stove top. Observed a build-up of old flour on the door gaskets on the pizza prep cooler."

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris and a build-up of a gray mold like substance inside the microwave oven."

"Old food debris accumulated on kitchen floor by the floor mixer."

"Pizza peels stored on top of soiled oven between uses."

***Jin Jin

The Village Flea Market

7900 NW 27th Ave.


Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Oct. 19

36 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 10 roaches in dish wash area and under table where the meat grinder is located at, under hand sink and under dish machine."

"Pesticide-emitting strip present in food prep area. Observed pesticide strip hanging from ceiling tiles all around kitchen above food preparation area."

"Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours. Observed cooked crawfish from previous day. (70°F - Cooling), inside reach in cooler in front of cook line."

"Establishment advertised crab on menu/menu board but served imitation crab. Observed on menu Crab Rangoon, California roll with Crab meat, rainbow roll with crab meat, spicy crab roll. Establishment offers imitation crab meat and is not specified on menu or elsewhere, crab meat should be spelled with a K on menu."

"No currently certified food service manager on duty with four or more employees engaged in food preparation/handling."

"Soil residue in food storage containers."

***Cafe Chung King

1250 NW 54th St.

Miami (Model City)

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Oct. 18

Also ordered shut March 18, 2015

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 5 fresh rodent droppings on top of front counter, near register. Also, approximately 10 fresh rodent droppings observed underneath prep counters and on the floors underneath the kitchen equipment."

"Rodent rub marks present along walls/ceilings. Observed rodent rub marks on kitchen ceiling near Air Conditioning ducts, above food prep area. Also, outside towards the back right side of the building along the pipes attached under the buildings soffit."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Observed lettuce (52°F - Cold Holding); chicken (46°F - Cold Holding); cooked eggs (77°F - Cold Holding); steak (48°F - Cold Holding); ham (55°F - Cold Holding) located at top reach in cooler located in front of stove, items have been in top reach in cooler since 12:00pm."

"Sanitizing solution for wiping cloths not free of food debris and visible soil. Observed visible soiled chlorine sanitizer solution, located under hand wash sink."

"Exterior door has a gap at the threshold that opens to the outside. Observed gap underneath back gate, even when door is closed."

***Gayou's Restaurant

5734 NW Second Ave.

Miami (Little Haiti)

Ordered shut Oct. 17

17 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately more than 50 soft droppings behind the stainless steel covering part of the wall in the kitchen area. Observed approximately 12 dry droppings outside the container with dry food in the storage area, and approximately 20 dry ones behind the air conditioner unit."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 2 live roach crawling in the kitchen."

"Clean utensils or equipment stored in dirty drawer or rack."

"Employee has not received adequate training related to their assigned duties as evidenced by lack of general knowledge in performing their assigned duties."

"Interior of reach-in freezer soiled with accumulation of food residue." 

"Operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license."

***Las Reinas Del Cafe

12 NE First St.

Downtown Miami

Ordered shut Oct. 16

9 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. At the time of inspection observed approximately 10 + live roaches crawling around the water heater and at top the 3 compartment sink, and at the wall on top of the food preparation table."

"Dead roaches on premises. At the time of inspection, observed approximately 20+ dead roaches at kitchen floor area, front dining area, front counter area and back dry storage area. Operator began to sweep the floor."

"Floor not cleaned when the least amount of food is exposed. At kitchen area."


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