Pizzeria whose owner was caught in lie with Food Patrol dirty again

Pizzeria owner in 2013

Pizza Express is back on the low performer list on 102 South Arroyo in Rio Hondo.

The restaurant scored 31 demerits on its latest initial inspection recently released to the Food Patrol.

An inspector found mold on pizza containers, improper hand-washing, no towels for proper sanitation and dirty equipment during the February check up.

It was back in 2008 when the owner, Maria Lucio, first denied being affiliated with the restaurant after she scored high demerits.

How do you think that looks when you tell us you're not the owner, you don't know who the owner is| and as a matter of fact| you go on the telephone pretending to call the owner when this whole time you were the owner? Action 4 TMs Ryan Wolf asked back then.

Because this is my business and I can handle it anyway I want to, she responded.

Do you think that looks sneaky? Ryan asked.

I don't care, she said. Frankly my dear, I don't care." This time around the Food Patrol returned in hopes of learning more information into what TMs been done to clean up the restaurant which scored 3 demerits on a re-inspection.

I have no comment, the owner said just before quickly going into a back room.

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Top Performers List

Low Performers List

Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

Rio HondoPizza Express 102 S Arroyo (31, 3) *Mold on Pizza Containers, Dirty*

BrownsvilleFlintstone Daycare 229 Keith Ln (45) *Roaches, Very Dirty*

MissionValley Bakery (6) *Roaches, Rat Droppings*

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