Rocco’s cited by NYC Department of Health for “live flies,” other problems.

Rocco’s cited by NYC Department of Health for “live flies,” other problems.
As if gatherings of media whores weren’t enough of a problem, Rocco DiSpirito’s restaurant Rocco’s–the setting of The Restaurant–has been cited for six code violations by the New York City Department of Health. Among the problems outlined in the report, which was obtained by The Smoking Gun, are “evidence of live flies…in a food preparation area,” utensils stored “in a metal container of greasy stagnant water,” and a non-working employee bathroom door. Additionally, The Smoking Gun reveals that “DiSpirito owns 50 percent of Rocco’s, which was launched with a $1.5 million investment and pays $36,499 monthly for its swanky Flatiron space. The restaurant’s annual payroll approaches $2 million.”
+ also: Rocco: “I take the health code very seriously.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.