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.