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Update: Six Restaurants Cited For Critical Violations in Massapequa

Six eateries cited for critical violations last year.

The State Health Department reports that the vast majority of food service establishments in the Massapequa area have passed inspections.

A Patch review of inspections listed on the attached map shows that seven Massapequa  establishments were cited for one "critical violation." The information is based on data downloaded from the state's online data portal on Jan 7, which may not reflect any inspection results added to the state's database since then.

The seven Massapequa establishments with critical violations are: 
  • Sequa Deli at 4250 Jerusalem Avenue, Massapequa  (1 violation)
  • China Grill 1040 B Park Boulevard, Massapequa Park (1 violation)
  • Phil's Pizza II 5280 Sunrise Highway, Massapequa Park (1 violation)
  • Golden Garden Chinese Restaurant 5505 Merrick Road, Massapequa (1 violation)
  • Biltmore Beach Club 185 Biltmore Boulevard, Massapequa (1 violation) 
  • Peppuccio Pizeria & Trattoria, 4656 Merrick Road, Massapequa 
  • Potstickers & Company, 4909 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park.

Sal Fischetti of Phil's Pizza says his establishment, which was cited in April for not having an accurate thermometer in one of his freezer, said his freezer did in fact have a built in thermostat and that food was being stored at a proper temperature. He said the inspector told him his freezer system did not have the thermometer that was required by the county.

Kevin Wong, who co-owns Pot-Stickers, said that his eatery was cited after "an inexperienced employee placed chicken in an area where it could cause cross contamination. "He is no longer employed with us," Wong said, adding that the problem has been corrected and that the establishment passed another inspection in December.

Steve Sanchez, a co-owner of the Sequa Deli said of his establishment, "We're very conscientious of how we do business. One of our employees put something on a shelf he shouldn't have."  Sanchez explained that the employee meant to put a tray on another shelf and the business was cited for cross contamination. The business owner said the situation was quickly rectified.

Critical violations were corrected  at all of the establishments but the Biltmore Beach Club, according to state documents. However, the caterer at the Biltmore Beach Club told Patch its critical violation was for a missing thermometer that has since been taken care of. The caterer said the beach club is not longer cited by the state.

Several other area eateries were also cited for routine violations.

The various county health departments make these inspections routinely and follows up with restaurants that have critical violations. The reports then go to the state.



Henry Powderly January 17, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Thank you all for the feedback. We have changed to headline and issued a correction. While a single critical violation does not mean a failed inspection, these are critical issues deemed a health risk. The data is publicly available, and we felt it served a public good that locals be able to see these inspection results for themselves.
Massapequa Mom January 18, 2014 at 09:45 PM
This article unfairly draws negativity to food establishments that have one violation. Being in the industry myself, I know definitely that its is not a perfect science. But I am sure these 6 establishments work very hard to comply. To be fair and maybe more positive, why don't you put a poll out for your reader's to rate the best pizza, best deli or best Chinese? I bet you dollars to donuts some of these fine names will appear in the list. These hard working folks did nothing to deserve this negative article. Times are tough enough already and these fine people all have a husband, a wife and children that depend on them.
LT January 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM
the old article is still available to readers. not fair journalism

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