Latest Darien Restaurant Health Inspection Reports

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Five Darien restaurants each received an “A” — the best rating in the town’s A-B-C health inspection ratings system, and two others received a “B” in the seven most recent reports released Thursday by Darien Health Department.

None of the inspections resulted in the worst rating — “C” — for any of the establishments. The seven inspections took place between April 3 and 8.

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Town Health Department ratings certificates are supposed to be displayed prominently, like this one at the Frosty Bear Cafe at Darien Library.

Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong.

Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released health inspection results (an explanation of how this list is put together is immediately below it):

—Caffe Nero — 1071 Post Road — April 8Town Rating: A — State Score: 98

—Louie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar — 10 Center St. — April 8Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—The Melting Pot — 14 Grove St. — April 5Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Papa Joe’s — 1973 Post Road — April 5Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Subway Sandwich Shop — 22-26 Heights Road — April 3Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Vavala’s Deli/Caterer — 156 Heights Road — April 5Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—Zotos International — 100 Tokeneke Road — April 8Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

 

Dates link to the food establishment’s inspection report referenced here (when available, sometimes it takes a while to get posted online), and Darien’s own A/B/C ratings link to a Web page showing several of the restaurant’s recent inspection ratings.

For restaurants and other food-serving establishments rated “C,” and for some others of interest to the public (like schools) additional information is given. When we provide that information here, then words within brackets (“[ ]”) have been added for clarity by Darienite.com; semicolons (“;”) separate individual comments by the inspectors. Each comment separated by semicolons is about a particular violation that triggers a deduction of one or more points from a perfect state score of 100.

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You can find the past several inspection ratings under the Darien ratings system for food-serving establishments along with copies of inspection reports, including state health code scores on this website.

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How Darien’s Food-Serving Places Are Rated

Restaurants in town are rated under the Darien Health Department’s own A/B/C ratings system. Health inspectors also use the state health code regulations to score restaurants, with a perfect score set at 100, and demerits (of 1 to 4 points each) for various code violations.

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The Darien system takes into account problems that are ongoing, so a restaurant scoring higher than others on the state scale may actually get a lower score on the Darien scale.

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The “A”, “B” and “C” letter grades a restaurant gets in its last inspection will be prominent on these certificates, which must be posted where customers can see them, and you can use your phone and the “QR” code to the right of the letter grade to get to the department’s ratings website for more information.

 

Any establishment actually deemed unsafe can be closed by the town Health Department until violations are fixed. Town Health Director David Knauf says that has never happened in the time he’s been with the department.

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