In a game of hygiene whack-a-mole, the health department has allowed Nino’s Pizzeria to reopen but has closed another East Village institution.
A week and a half after racking up a whopping 109 violation points during a health inspection, Nino’s was baking pies again last night. But across Tompkins Square Park, a sticker on the window of Casimir indicates the venerable bistro was closed Thursday after it racked up even more violation points — 110. Here’s the breakdown of violations, including a couple of pesky rodent-related ones.
1) Food not cooked to required minimum temperature.
2) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
3) Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment.
4) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
5) Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
6) Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
7) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
8) Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
9) Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
10) Tobacco use, eating, or drinking from open container in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing area observed.
11) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
12) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
13) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
14) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.