HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The state Department of Agriculture found two locations of a popular Italian food chain out of compliance during food safety inspections this week.
Olive Garden #137 on Kenneth Road in York was found to have 24 violations. Inspectors say food employees were not wearing proper hair restraints, and the inside of the oven, fryers, and hot holding equipment were encrusted with grease and food particles, and sauces and condiments were not being kept cold enough. The inspection report states the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety.
Olive Garden #1310 on Jonestown Road in Harrisburg was found to have seven violations. Inspectors reported black mildew on ceiling vents in the grill area and mold on metal shelving in the walk-in cooler. They said dish racks were being stored directly on the floor, and several foods were not being kept cold enough, such as pizza, meatballs, pizza cheese, and vegetable wraps.
Olivia’s Restaurant on Baltimore Pike in Gettysburg was out of compliance with 16 violations. The inspector reported a dead rodent in the ceiling and 15-20 rodent like droppings between the storage room and ceiling. The cream of spinach soup in the walk-in cooler area was moldy, and the food area was extremely dirty and in need of cleaning. Also, they observed a cutting board with a black mold-like substance being stored with clean cutting boards, according to the report.
Places with no violations include Bermudian Springs Elementary School, Friends of Fort Hunter, Jan Zell Wines in Chambersburg, and This Little Piggy in York.
The Department of Agriculture has a searchable database of Pennsylvania restaurant inspections on its website. If you come across a dirty restaurant, you can file a complaint on the department’s website.