The Restaurant: Eric Liebowitz
Gary Susman
August 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Here’s how you know that Rocco’s on 22nd, the Manhattan eatery in NBC’s reality show ”The Restaurant,” is the real thing: Last month, it got busted by the New York Health Department for six health code violations. According to a citation posted at The Smoking Gun, a July 29 inspection found in the kitchen ”evidence of live flies,” dishcloths ”soiled with old food particles” left on countertops, and metal spoons stored in a ”container of greasy, stagnant water.”

Other violations: The dishwashing and food prep areas were missing floor tiles, an employee restroom lacked the required ”self-closing door,” and the female employee restroom lacked a trash can with a lid. Neither chef Rocco DiSpirito nor manager Laurent Saillard have commented on the report, but they’ll be able to do so in court during a hearing on Oct. 22. Hey, it’s a good thing the inspectors didn’t come during the episode with the kitchen fire.

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