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Dirty Dining: Giovanni's Pizza

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Dec 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Pizza and ice cream. Sounds like a great night out with the family, but be careful where you go.

Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears tells a tale of spoiled food and cockroaches in this week's Dirty Dining.

With three restaurants on the naughty list, we've got a lot to talk about in this week's Dirty Dining.

The highest number of demerits, 39 of them, plus a "C" grade, went to Giovanni's Pizza on South Eastern near Warm Springs.

The issues?

Improper hand-washing and spoiled turkey. It was four days expired by the time inspectors saw it. That was thrown out, as was cheese and sauce inspectors found at unsafe temperatures.

Contact 13 stopped by on a recent cold day, and got a less than warm welcome.

Darcy: Hi, I'm Darcy Spears from channel 13. We're here because you guys are on Dirty Dining this week and we just need to talk to the person in charge.
Giovanni's worker: There's nobody here.
Darcy: There's nobody in charge?  There does have to be by health department regulations.  You have to have a person in charge.  That's a violation of health code.

In fact, that's one of the violations they were cited for, "no person in charge" when the health inspector arrived.

Darcy: Hello?  We just want to understand your side of why you got so much written up.

They walk away leaving us alone at the counter.

Darcy: Improper hand-washing, spoiled food, stuff at unsafe temperatures.  You guys nearly got shut down.  Don't you have anything to say?

Inspectors also found dishes weren't being properly sanitized, and their hand-sinks were missing soap and paper towels.

"You need to leave our property please," someone called out to us from behind the kitchen wall.

So we did.

Despite Giovanni's 39-demerit "C" grade, conditions there weren't nearly as bad as the Dairy Queen on West Craig in North Las Vegas.

Dairy Queen was D-Q'd, shut down due to an imminent health hazard in the form of a cockroach infestation. Inspectors found so many roaches, they'd even gotten into the ice being served to customers.

At Lee's Buffet on East Flamingo, they had a bad week all around. Three closures due to imminent health hazards.

The food prep area was shut down because it had no hot water. But they also got 30 demerits for things like storing dirty dishes as clean and a repeat major violation for failing to label and date the food in their fridge.

The sushi area at Lee's Buffet was also shut down for not having hot water, and because the floor was flooded with liquid waste.

And the restaurant itself, also closed due to no hot water.

Lee's Buffet remains closed.

Giovanni's had their C grade until Dec. 12 when they were re-inspected and received a 3-demerit "A" grade. 

Dairy Queen cleaned up its act and has re-opened with a zero-demerit "A" grade.

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.