Jacksonville, FLA. - Casa Benedetto's Italian Café is located on A1A South in Saint Augustine. The owner, Robyn Tarantino, says she opened the restaurant three and a half years ago. She says the most popular dish on the menu is the penne ala vodka.
Recently, Casa Benedetto's was temporarily shut down by the state health inspector. This is what we found in the state's emergency order:
More than one hundred rat droppings were found in the kitchen. The inspector noted more than half were fresh and found behind the reach in freezer on the floor in the dry goods room.
Rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found
Approximately 55 semi fresh/shiny droppings behind reach in freezer
Approximately 15 semi fresh on floor by canned goods
Approximately 25 semi fresh on floor under plates shelf
Approximately 5 semi fresh behind ice machine
Approximately 5 dry droppings behind cook line coolers
Approximately 15 semi fresh behind rear reach in cooler
Tarantino had this to say about the rat problem, "We have Terminex on the job. We are addressing the issue. It was behind a fridge and unless you took a flashlight and looked under you never would have seen it. We were closed for only a couple of hours and were back up and running the next morning."
McDonald's at 5801 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville and New Dragon Chinese Restaurant on Main Street in Jacksonville rounded out the top three restaurants with the most number of critical violations this week.
Owner and operator of the McDonald's located at 5801 Beach Boulevard, Dave Mullins Jr., sent us this statement:
"The health and safety of my customers is my top priority, which includes operating a safe and clean restaurant. I have taken immediate action to address these concerns and they have been resolved."
Wow! A record number this week! Congratulations to the following restaurants - they had zero health violations and get our clean plate award!
Midway Snack Bar - Atlantic Beach
Cool Breeze Ice Cream Shoppe - Saint Augustine
Brucci's Mobile Pizza - Ponte Vedra
Saint Francis Inn - Saint Augustine
Putt Putt - Fernandina Beach
Wendy's #63 - Hamilton Street, Jax
Pearl's Catering - Merrill Road - Jax
Kelvin's Hot Dogs - Mayport Road - Jax
Eurest Dining Services - Deer Lake Drive - Jax
Angie's Power Blenz - Philips Hwy - Jax
The Blue Claw - Pecan Park Drive - Jax
McDonald's - North Main Street - Jax
Benny's Sandwich Shop - Forsyth Street - Jax
Jax Market Place takeout #1 - Pecan Park Road - Jax
Waterfall Cafe - Deer Lake Drive - Jax
The Dickert House - Copeland Street - Jax
Taco Bell #23711 - Lem Turner Road - Jax
Crossroads Cafe - Freedom Commerce Parkway - Jax
WW Grainger Main Breakroom - Forshee Drive - Jax
Body Shop of America - Jax
Lowe's 1699 - Atlantic Blvd - Jax
Southeastern Freight - Jax
Everest University - Jax
Jolly Mon Catering - Roselle Street - Jax
Wendy's #75 - Lem Turner Road - Jax
Motion Sweets - Beaver Street - Jax
Moe's Southwestern Grill - Roosevelt Blvd - Jax
Action Jackson Rib House - Soutel Drive - Jax
Subway - Argyle Forest Blvd- Jax
McDonald's #1444 - Hutchinson Park Drive - Jax
Pizza Hut #4259 - Main Street - Jax
Subway #34988 - Saint Johns Bluff - Jax
Papa Murphy's Pizza - Atlantic Blvd - Jax
Chick Fila @ Allstate - American Heritage Life Drive - Jax
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