Restaurant Inspections: Delia Pizza and Hunan Express

The most recently available restaurant inspection reports in the Kingstowne and Springfield areas.

The state health department recently inspected a few restaurants in the Springfield and Kingstowne areas. For prior restaurant inspection reports, click here.

In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports aren't quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy-to-see number rating to post in the front window.

That said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation. Inspectors grade restaurants based on critical and non-critical violations.

A "critical violation" is one that "poses a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served." Non-critical violations are generally related to cleaning or maintenance.

"Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to Virginia Department of Health's website.

The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment."

Below, find the latest restaurant inspection from the Virginia Department of Health. These inspections reflect visits from inspectors during the last few weeks. Some of the violations were corrected immediately during the recent inspections.

The full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.

Delia Pizza
6715G Backlick Rd
Date of inspection: Sept. 12
Critical: The following food item(s) were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: cooked chicken cooked meatballs inside of walk-in cooler.
Non-criticalSurfaces of ice bins and enclosed components of equipment are not being cleaned as required.

El Sabor Boliviano
6715 Backlick Rd
Date of inspection: Sept. 12
Critical (corrected during inspection): A food employee failed to wash his or her hands before engaging in food preparation, before and after putting on gloves or after engaging in any activity that could contaminate the hands.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Raw animal food holding in a manner that may cause cross contamination of ready-to-eat food as follows: raw beef stored over corn.
Critical: The following food item(s) were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: cooked potatoes, stuffing with potatoes, raw beef and raw chicken inside of walk-in cooler
Critical (corrected during inspection): The following refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food that is prepared on site is not used or discarded within 24 hours of preparation and was not observed to be date marked: pork roast.
Non-critical: Absence of no-smoking signs or international no-smoking signs in non-smoking area.

Hunan Express
6681-D Backlick Road
Date of inspection: Sept. 12
Critical (corrected during inspection): The person in charge failed to state the minimum cook temperatures and times for potentially hazardous food(s).
Non-critical (corrected during inspection): Backdoor is kept open for ventilation and opening is not protected by a screen or other effective means.
Non-critical: Wet wiping cloths used for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces were observed stored on the counter.
Non-critical: The nonfood-contact surfaces of the following equipment were observed soiled with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, and/or other debris: inside of freezers, carts and all hand sinks.

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