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.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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