Italian restaurant gets near-failing Knox County inspection score

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A popular Italian-style restaurant in the Turkey Creek shopping area in Knox County recently had a low health inspection result at a near-failing score. The low scoring restaurants this week had violations that could potentially cause foodborne illness if not corrected.

Olive Garden, 10923 Parkside Drive - Grade: 72

That's barely a passing grade. Below 70 is considered unsanitary by health department standards.

When it was first inspected, the cook was observed touching food - without gloves. Cooks are required to wash hands and wear gloves before handling food.

The person in charge was unaware of employee health symptoms, which isn't ideal since the manager is supposed to know the symptoms and relay that information to employees.

The inspector had to do some on-the-spot training and also found an open drink in the kitchen. Employees that work in the kitchen are supposed to keep their personal drinks capped with lids and straws.

There were food temperature violations, such as with spinach dip and cut lettuce, which are not to exceed 41 degrees Fahrenheit to kill bacteria.

Upon the second inspection, the Turkey Creek Olive Garden scored a 97.

The next-lowest grade belonged to:

Brown Bag, 10649 Hardin Valley Road - Grade: 79

The health inspector scored them low for gross conditions.

The manager of Brown Bag was ordered to call a pest control company, and the equipment in the kitchen was described by the health inspector as "filthy." One of the choppers used to mash and chop food was dirty.

Upon the second inspection, Brown Bag on Hardin Valley Road scored a 94.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • The Bistro at Parkwest in Turkey Creek - Grade: 100
  • The Crown and Goose, 123 Central Street - Grade: 100
  • Jubilee Banquet Facility, 6700 Jubilee Center Way - Grade: 100
  • Gondolier of Halls Italian restaurant, 6951 Maynardville Pike - Grade: 100
  • The French Market Creperie, 412 Clinch Ave. - Grade: 100
  • Duncan Cafe, 710 Locust Street - Grade: 100
  • Philippine Egg Roll Express, 3625 Western Avenue - Grade: 100
  • Rebel Kitchen, 108 W. Jackson Avenue - Grade: 100
  • Starbucks, 1938 Pinnacle Point Way - Grade: 100
  • Panda Express, 4833 N. Broadway Street - Grade: 99
  • Starbucks, 7803 Montvue Center Way - Grade: 98
  • KFC, 1030 Shumand Avenue - Grade: 98