Roaches and rodents back in Dirty Dining

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - In tonight's Dirty Dining, some summer "R and R." 

Not rest and relaxation, but roaches and rodents! 

And the place with the most demerits is a repeat offender. 

Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears dishes it up.

The first thing we don't see walking in to Sicily's Pizza on Durango and Spring Mountain is the C grade.

There's a blank space and an empty nail on the wall where it was posted when health inspectors left.

The second thing we don't see? Employees.

We could hear them working in the back, but they were not responding to the door chime that rung five times to alert them that someone was waiting.

Sicily's Pizza got a 39-demerit C grade.

They were first on Dirty Dining in 2012 when the restaurant was shut down for a cockroach infestation. 

Now, we're back and so are the roaches. 

Inspectors saw them in the mop sink and on the floor. 

Plus, the restaurant couldn't provide proof of professional pest control. 

Inspectors found the back door propped open and missing ceiling tiles, which they say play a role in letting roaches into the kitchen. 

Someone finally comes out to greet us.

Darcy Spears: We'd like to find out what happened in the kitchen and why they wrote up so many demerits. From your perspective.
Employee: Do I have to do this?
Darcy: You absolutely don't have to if you don't want to. We just want to give you the chance to participate in the story.
Employee: Thank you. Just got here so I don't know yet.

He didn't have any answers about any of the violations, like why a food handler touched ready to eat pizzas with bare hands repeatedly during the health inspection. 

Chicken wings were cooled improperly at room temperature had to be thrown out. 

There was old food debris on utensils, floors, walls and the ceiling, large amounts of dry and caked-on flour on the dough mixer, excessive dust build-up on dry storage shelves and no toilet paper in employee restrooms.

Employee: I don't want to be on TV.
Darcy: The story's going to air based on the health inspection.
Employee: Oh. OK.

He says he'll give Darcy's business card to the person in charge, who's in the back of the kitchen.

Darcy: OK, would you mind asking if the person in charge would come speak with us while we're here?
Employee: Uh...
Darcy: Would you mind asking for us?
Employee: Let me give you a call.
Darcy: OK.
Employee: That would be better.
Darcy: OK.

That call never came.

We've got just one imminent health hazard closure at Max's restaurant on Flamingo and Maryland Parkway. 

Max's Cuisine of the Philippines was shut down partially because of rodents. 

They also failed re-inspection from a previous C grade after inspectors found multiple repeat violations, including a large amount of rodent droppings near sticky glue traps and severe damage from rodent activity on walls in the dry storage room. 

There were open containers of cooked meat in the freezer. 

Equipment was soiled with grease build-up and dirty dishware and utensils were stored as clean.

There were bugs in the kitchen and water, trash and food debris on the floor. 

And when the inspector wiped down a supposedly clean cutting board and pan, her wiping cloth came up dirty. 

Plus, inspectors say Max's staff provided false information about when and how food was prepared and cooled.

Sicily's Pizza was re-inspected just this morning and now has an 8-demerit A grade.

Max's reopened with a zero-demerit A.
 

Print this article Back to Top