Reality TV Eatery Cited for 'Live Flies'
Aug 12, 4:35 PM (ET)
NEW YORK (AP) - Rocco DiSpirito's trendy Italian restaurant has new fodder for its reality television series: a health department citation for "evidence of live flies" and greasy spoons.
Rocco's is the subject of the NBC reality show "The Restaurant," which follows its photogenic chef and staff through the travails of running a New York City restaurant. That hassle became all too real on July 29 when the eatery was cited during an impromptu health department inspection for "evidence of live flies" in the kitchen prep area and for keeping two large metal spoons stored in a "container of greasy stagnant water."
The notice of violation was posted on Court TV's The Smoking Gun Web site Monday night. A hearing on the violations has been scheduled for Oct. 22.
The East 22nd Street eatery, famous for its meatballs, also was cited for having three "moist wiping" cloths "soiled with old food particles and not stored in sanitizing solution." The citation also said an employee toilet facility was not equipped with the required "self-closing door."
A call for comment to Rocco's manager, Laurent Saillard, was not immediately returned.