Knox County health inspector finds dirty dishes at downtown pizza restaurant

Food For Thought

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A popular pizzeria place has the lowest health inspection grade this week.

This pizza place had trouble with a number of violations that the health department refer to as “risk factors.” They’re issues that if not corrected could potentially lead to outbreaks of foodborne illness.

DaVinci’s, 1135 Central Avenue – Grade: 83

DaVinci’s Pizzeria in Knoxville’s Old City received a passing grade, but the Knox County Health Inspector recorded several risk factors that will require a follow-up inspection.

The inspector writes that a bowl in which pizza dough is mixed was dirty. Food debris was found in the mixing bowl. It had not been properly washed, rinsed and sanitized as required by health rules.

Also, the inspector said, a cutting board, on which food is prepared was dirty. Also, when the microwave oven was checked, it was dirty.

No paper towels were found in one of the customer bathrooms. The rules say folks shouldn’t have to drip dry their hands.

And a chemical cleaner was found hanging over pots, pans, and utensils. That’s doesn’t sound like a big deal, but cleaners are supposed to be kept in a separate area so there are no surprises.

Web Extra: This week’s full inspection reports [PDF]

At the top scoring restaurants this week, no risk factors were marked off any of the health reports.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • McAlister’s, 11140 Parkside Drive – Grade: 100
  • Turkey Creek Cafe, 10820 Parkside Drive – Grade: 100
  • Five Guys, 10922 Parkside Drive – Grade: 100
  • Chef’s Asian Cuisine, 110 Hardin Valley Drive – Grade: 100
  • The Egg and I, 5018 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • McDonald’s, 7930 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Wendy’s, 6918 Maynardville Highway – Grade: 100
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery, 11308 Parkside Drive – Grade: 99
  • Waffle House, 7107 Maynardville Highway – Grade: 97
  • Firehouse Subs, 5226 Broadway – Grade: 96
  • Cancun Mexican Grill & Cantina, 100 Crippin Road – Grade: 96

When restaurants score critical risk factors, a follow up inspection is required within two weeks.

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