Small Atlanta pizza chain passes health re-inspection

UPDATE: The restaurant was re-inspected Feb. 26 and scored a 90/A. The report noted two violations: A failure to display the 58/U score for public viewing, and a failure to hold food items at approved temperatures.

ORIGINAL STORY (published Feb. 26): A pizza joint failed a recent health inspection, Fulton County records show.

Little Azio on Moreland Avenue scored a 58/U following the Thursday evaluation. Scores below 70 are considered failing.

According to the report, there were “innumerous amounts” of food items, such as ham, lettuce and cheese, that were not being maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

Officials also reported observing employees not wearing hair restraints and a failure to place thermometers inside all coolers.

The location’s prior score, from May, was a 100/A.

General manager Tracie Pawenski said the restaurant has “totally changed our whole system” after the inspection, including getting a temperature log and using thermometers.

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The inspection happened during a busy lunch rush and the food that was checked with high or low temperatures had just been made, the manager said. She called the inspection’s results embarrassing and horrible, and stressed that the restaurant is not unclean.

“We learned a hard lesson and we’re correcting it,” Pawenski said Friday. “We’re having training and everything possible to fix this.”

Little Azio also has locations on Atlanta's Northside Drive and in Vinings. The Northside Drive location has failed two inspections since September 2016; it received an A when last inspected in July.

Follow-up inspections are generally completed within 10 days of the original evaluation.

Learn more about health inspections, and look up scores for Fulton County restaurants here.

Little Azio

749 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30316

Score: 58

Read the full report. 

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