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Greasy Spoon

NBC's ''Restaurant'' is cited for health violations. Flies and soiled wipes abound in the kitchen, inspectors say

Rocco DiSpirito, The Restaurant | FLY ON THE WALL DiSpirito's reality ''Restaurant'' tallies health violations
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FLY ON THE WALL DiSpirito's reality ''Restaurant'' tallies health violations

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.

Originally posted Aug 12, 2003