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South side Italian grill faces multiple violations

Courtny Gerrish

South side Italian grill faces multiple violations

CREATED Aug. 1, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 1, 2013

MILWAUKEE - An Italian grill on the south side just opened but already has some problems. Here's what the inspector found.

It's Mario's Italian Grill on South 20th Street and West Layton Avenue.  An employee touched hamburger meat and then a customer's food with the same glove.  The restaurant was using a plastic cup to get herbs from a container.  That's a cross-contamination risk.  The cup was replaced with a scoop.

And there were fruit flies in the kitchen area.  Owner Ari Panariti says they don't have a fly problem.
The restaurant was not putting expiration dates on food. Panariti said it's all used within 48 hours. Ham was marked with a July 11 sticker.  The inspector was told that was meant for another product. The ham was thrown out.  And chicken and ribs out at room temp.
Mario's has been open one month.  "We just opened and everything has tried to come together, work together,"  Panariti told us, adding, "I'm real proud of what I'm doing."  
According to Panariti all the violations have been cleaned up.
Mi Super Mercado on South 13th Street just north of West Lincoln Avenue had a cooler running too warm, and no soap in one of the men's bathrooms.  
With a spotless health inspection this time around: Beef-E's. That's a food cart that brings Chicago's famous Italian beef sandwiches to Milwaukee. Click here to see where the truck will be in August.