RatOn Restaurants: Roaches, Rodents and More in West Delray

Fratelli’s Italian Grill at Atlantic and Jog had the worst inspection report in late September with a closure for roaches and rodents.

Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found….approximately over 50 live roaches in reach in cooler gasket at cook line , approximately 10 live roaches underneath floor mat at cook line, 2 live roaches in oven by the wall at cook line.

Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found….two fresh rodent droppings, approximately 20 dry rodent droppings inside cabinet below coffee and soda dispenser.

They had a total of 24 violations, 6 of them high priority, with a stop sale for temperature abuse on the tomato soup. Inspectors came back the next day and found “6 live roaches in attached draining tray below reach in cooler at kitchen.”

There were more big numbers in West Delray including Apeiro in Delray Marketplace. Apeiro had 21 violations with a whopping 12 marked high priority. Several items were hit with a stop sale order for temperature abuse:

eggplant spread 51°, chicken wings 51°, feta 45°, tziatziki sauce 46° … roasted tomato 53, saffron cream sauce 51°, pasta 55° butter 52°

There was another stop sale for expired home made Caesar dressing, an administrative complaint for “approximately 10 flies in Dishwashing area landing on cleaned dishes,” and a dishmachine not adequately sanitizing dishes.

Two follow-up inspections continued to show problems including more temperature issues on numerous items the next day, and still a few more minor issues the day after that.

Also in Delray Marketplace, Terra Fiamma had 21 violations including 6 high priority. Other big numbers in West Delray include:

  • Basilic Vietnamese (21 violations, 6 high priority)
  • Bagel Tree (19, 7)
  • Yellowtail Modern Asian (20, 6)
  • Cinebowl & Grille (14, 6)

In West Boca, China Wok in Sandalfoot Square had 23 violations, 4 high priority. La Casa de Peinado near Sandalfoot on 441 had 22 violations, 3 high priority. Mozart Cafe at Powerline and Camino Real had 18 violations, 4 high priority.

Good News

On the bright side, the Shadowood theater had a perfect inspection. Brooklyn Boys Pizza in Shadowood and the Chipotle on Glades at Butts were near perfect with just one minor violation for each. Inspectors found 3 violations each for Puccini’s Pizzeria on Yamato at 441, Morton’s Steakhouse in Town Center, Willie’s Sushi Bar in Polo Club Shoppes, and Holloway’s Irish Pub in Boca Pointe.

One of our favorite places, Teriyaki Madness in Mission Bay, had only four minor violations. The newish West Delray BurgerFi on Atlantic near the Turnpike also had four.

Inspectors reported five violations each for City Fish Market, First Watch on St. Andrews, and the Chipotle on Palmetto Park near Powerline.

Boca Pointe’s plaza had a licensing inspection for Don Chepos Taco Shop.

Other notables in this report:

  • Shula Burger in Delray Marketplace (7 violations, 4 high priority)
  • Tijuana Flats on Powerline near Palmetto (7, 0)
  • Pollo Tropical on St. Andrews (7, 1)
  • Boca Indian Grill in Mission Bay (8, 2)
  • Shinju Buffet on Glades (8, 1)
  • Tilted Kilt on Airport Road (9, 1)
  • Padano in Loggers’ Run (10, 0)
  • Tempura House on Clint Moore at 441 (11, 2)
  • Ditmas at Boca Grove (11, 4)
  • Batch Gastropub in Delray Marketplace (11, 3)

Our full spreadsheet for this report is here as a pdf or below:


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