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Another Sunnyside Pizzeria Shut by Health Dept.

June 15, 2011 Staff Report

Less than a week after Mediterraneo Pizzeria was closed by the Health Department (see earlier post), another Sunnyside pizzeria has been shut down.

This time it is Don Emilio’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at 48-11 43 Ave. It was slammed with 110 violation points, when 27 or below is considered to be the passing grade.

Typically, only those restaurants that have one particularly poor score, or fail repeatedly, are closed by the health department.

There is no word as to when Don Emilio’s Pizzeria will reopen.

Don Emilio’s Pizzeria’s report card reads as follows:

Violation points: 110

Establishment Closed by DOHMH. Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.

Sanitary Violations

1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.

2) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.

3) 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.

4) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

5) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

6) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.

7) Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.

8) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

9) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.

10) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

11) Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used.

12) Toilet facility not maintained and provided with toilet paper, waste receptacle and self-closing door.

13) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.

14) Single service item reused, improperly stored, dispensed; not used when required

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There is a plaza near this one – it is much cleaner and nicer. The one underneath the 52nd Street subway is filled with rodents and is a disgrace. Close it up – at night it is lots of fun watching the rats dance on top of the garbage cans!

Sunny Blue

Jeez, paving over parks? Getting rid of public space? Yes, let’s do something about it. Call our councilperson/man/woman. Poison the varmints! The rats not the politicians. There are so few places to sit in this neighborhood I’d hate to see one taken away. Let’s take control of our neighborhood and make it habitable.


I’m not great at cooking up conspiracy theories. BUT … perhaps this has been the point all along–to let it run down to the point where paving over is the only option. Then you can build on top. Who’s got an eye on the “spare” land in the area? I hope they get the rats out from underground before they build on top.


I have a suggestion: ask the Community Board to consider paving it over and essentially closing it. Nobody likes walking through it at night and last year there were RATS jumping and dancing on top of the garbage cans. They’re BAAAAAACK! I would not allow kids to play in there and I would not allow a dog to run loose because of the rats and the rat poison. Please do something, somebody! We do not need this dangerous eyesore.


Ditto what Raquel said about the park at 52nd Street. They can’t seem to get the rats under control. It IS a new problem because when my grandmother was alive she often sat in that park with her friends; this was 20 years ago, and believe me, she wouldn’t have gone anywhere near it if there had been a rodent population. The shrubbery is way overgrown, and the grass often looks unkempt. In the winter, good luck passing through or on the outside when it snows.

Makes me wonder why there’s such a fight for another little space elsewhere in the neighborhood; we can’t take care of the park space that we do have. Then we want more of it? Paving over green space is a terrible thing to think about, but we can’t seem to afford to take care of it either. It makes me sad to see the deterioration.


The owner of Emilio’s tried to make a go of it but 43rd Avenue does not seem to be the place for restaurants to do really well.


On another subject, I noticed that the RATS (no, not the politicians) are back in the 52nd Street “park” near the subway. That “park” should be paved over and shut down. It has had a rodent problem for two years now. H E L P!

Mike Novak

The Landlords LOVE THIS! Bloomie sics his dogs after hard-working people, drives them out of business and PRESTO!!! The Landlord can get new tennants at a higher rent.

I was in Flynn’s Garden In when one of these creeps showed up (she barely spoke English and looked like the DVD/CD Lady) and demanded to know, in boken Engerlish”where the kitchen was”. She was told several times that there was no kitchen, it was just a bar, but she refused to believe it and stormed all over the establishment demanding to be shown the kitchen.

Bloomie hires these thugs to make life as hard as possible for the working class.


Maybe our counclman needs to send soneone into our restaurnats and do some sanitiary checks on a monthy basis to prevent these business from closing. they do not seem to be run professinally cleaned like they need to be by law. Plus our town reputation is going to go done the tiolet. May be sunnyside shines can hep out with this.

Every few months we lose restaruants to this situation.


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