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Restaurant Inspections: La Tolteca and Zano’s Pizza

The most recently available restaurant inspection reports from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6 in the Burke and Fairfax Station areas.

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, the state health department inspected a few restaurants in the the Burke and Fairfax Station areas. For prior restaurant inspection reports, click here.

In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports aren't quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy-to-see number rating to post in the front window.

That said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation. Inspectors grade restaurants based on critical and non-critical violations.

A "critical violation" is one that "poses a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served." Non-critical violations are generally related to cleaning or maintenance.

"Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to Virginia Department of Health's website.

The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment."

Below, find the latest restaurant inspection from the Virginia Department of Health. These inspections reflect visits from inspectors during the last few weeks. Some of the violations were corrected immediately during the recent inspections.

The full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.

Simply Country Store
11811 Popes Head Rd.
Date of inspection: Dec. 5
No violations were found during the inspection.

La Tolteca
5614 Ox Rd.
Date of inspection: Dec. 4
Critical (corrected during inspection): Some food items were found hot holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Some food items were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device.
Critical (corrected during inspection): The concentration of the chlorine solution was measured in excess of 200 ppm. This concentration exceeds the approved limits for use with food-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils in a foodservice establishment.

Zano’s Pizza
9526 Burke Road
Date of inspection: Dec. 4
Critical (corrected during inspection): Some food items in the Kolpak walk-in cooler were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device.

Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot
7150 Main St
Date of inspection: Nov. 30
No violations were found during the inspection.

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