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Norbert’s Pizza in Bushwick Temporarily Closed by Health Department

Norbert’s Pizza at 4 Stuyvesant Ave.

Nov. 21, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

Norbert’s Pizza has been closed by the Department of Health after an inspection revealed four sanitary violations in the “critical” zone.

The pizza spot, located at 4 Stuyvesant Ave., received a total of 41 violation points after a Nov. 15 inspection by the DOH. Some of the critical sanitary violations include evidence of rats present in the facility’s food and/or non-food areas, along with filth flies present in food and/or non-food areas. The inspection also found that the facility was not vermin proof, which is not considered a critical violation.

Norbert’s Pizza, which opened its first and now shuttered location on Myrtle Avenue in 2012, is known for serving an array of pizzas, including vegan slices, with ingredients like ricotta cheese and vodka sauce. Other menu items include garlic knots, wings, pastas, and sandwiches.

The full list of sanitary violations are listed below, with the first four labeled “critical”.
1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
2) Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
3) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
5) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

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