2009-10-09 / Front Page

Ciro's Pizza Closed By Health Department

By Nicholas Briano

Ciro's Pizza, a well known local eatery located in the shopping center shared with Waldbaum's in Rockaway Park, was shut down last week by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for violations that include mice and roach infestation, according to the department.

Ciro's Pizza, located at 113-19 Beach Channel Drive, was shut down by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on September 30. Ciro's Pizza, located at 113-19 Beach Channel Drive, was shut down by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on September 30. The pizzeria located at 113-19 Beach Channel Drive, was closed down on September 30, the health department says, after it received 80 violation points that included critical violations for not holding hot or cold foods at temperatures that would prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, evidence of mice infestation in several areas of the restaurant, roaches and flies in the facility's food and/or non-food areas, and conditions conducive to harborage and infestation.

In order for Ciro's to re-open, owners must correct all conditions that led to the violations, submit an affidavit of correction to the Health Department and schedule and pass a re-opening inspection, according to the Health Department.

The department inspects restaurants, and assigns violation points based on a scale of severity and extent of the violation. A score of 27 or less is needed for a restaurant to pass the inspection. Restaurants with scores of 28 or more are re-inspected. Ciro's scored an 80, nearly three times the Health Department's standard to pass inspection.

Department officials declined to specifically say what contributed to the final decision to close the restaurant. Frequently, restaurants will remain open despite failing an inspection with 28 or more violation points, but are given a strict time period to correct the violations and allow for re-inspection. It is unknown when Ciro's Pizza will re-open for business.

Ciro's last failed an inspection in March with 38 violation points for reasons described as inadequate lighting and before that in February with 62 violation points for improper plumbing and for not being vermin proof and harboring conditions conducive to vermin. Since June 2006 Ciro's has failed five of their ten inspections.

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