NW Side Italian restaurant fails inspection after employee caught vaping in a walk-in cooler

Zio's Italian Kitchen gets score of 68

SAN ANTONIO – An Italian restaurant on the city's Northwest Side failed a city health inspection last month after an employee was seen vaping in a walk-in cooler.

Zio's Italian Kitchen, in the 12800 block of Interstate 10 West, received a 68 and was also cited for having fruit flies at its prep sink and for not cleaning its slicer after it was used.

A second worker was seen working with food despite being bandaged for a burn. 

Health safety rules require employees with exposed bandages to be restricted to non-food duties.

You can read the full report by searching the Metro Health website.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's scoring of food establishments is based on a 100-point demerit system.

The inspection reports, which establishments are required to post in public view, feature a number score at the top and bottom of the front page. A separate placard with the number score and a letter grade (example: 100/A) is also available upon request from the food establishment. Posting the placard is voluntary.

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Score Guide:

  • 100-90 = A (Very Good to Acceptable)
  • 89-80 = B (Acceptable to Marginal)
  • 79 or lower = C (Marginal to Poor)
  • Metro Health indicates that scores of 69 or lower are failing scores.

Here are the latest scores:

  • Bill Miller BBQ, 410 W. FM 1604 North, 100
  • Donut Place, 9819 Marbach Rd., 98
  • TGI Fridays, 29 NE Loop 410, 98
  • Big'Z Burger Joint, 10106 State Hwy. 151, 96
  • Hoppy Monk, 1010 N. FM 1604 East, 96
  • Kin Thai & Sushi, 22211 IH 10 West, 96
  • Las Palapas, 5530 Babcock Rd., 96
  • Yum Street Wok, 11745 IH 10 West, 95
  • County Line, 111 W. Crockett St., 94
  • Loncheria El Popo, 6557 San Pedro Ave., 93
  • Padilla Grocery, 3006 Culebra Ave., 92
  • Fruteria Tres Hermanos, 3206 West Ave., 90
  • Chopsticks, 4903 NW Loop 410, 88
  • Los Cinco Hermanos, 407 Vine St., 87
  • Yaya's Thai Restaurant, 8085 Callaghan Rd., 85
  • Sichuan House, 3505 Wurzbach Rd., 84
  • Wayne's Wings, 2427 Austin Hwy., 82
  • Danny's Cocina Mexicana, 6031 Callaghan Rd., 76
  • Culebra Meat Market, 3017 Blanco Rd., 71
  • Zio's Italian Kitchen, 12858 IH 10 West, 68

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For food establishment complaints in the city of San Antonio, send an email to Metro Health or call 210-207-8853.

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