Joe Gorga’s Italian restaurant had more messes to clean up than a “Real Housewives” reunion.
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star’s eatery, Gorga’s Homemade Pasta & Pizza, had less than a stellar sanitary report per New Jersey State Department of Health records obtained by Page Six.
The health inspection was conducted on July 5 over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes. In that time frame, the health officer noted that the “fridge unit had a build up of dust on the interior fan unit,” “the ice machine has a build up of black residue” and an “employee [was] observed and warned several times about not wearing gloves while prepping the salad items, as well as, to wash hands prior to the glove placement,” according to the East Hanover, N.J. report.
The restaurant was also busted for keeping their cold food at a temperature two degrees higher than normal and having “bowls haphazardly stored in the mop sink” instead of in a way to “prevent possible cross contamination.” Their wiping cloths were also not properly stored in sanitizing solution.
The restaurant was scheduled to have its kitchen hoods cleaned on August 20.
Joe, 38, opened the Italian restaurant in May as a tribute to his late mother, Antonia. His father, Giancinto, can be seen helping the chefs on the show, but his wife Melissa Gorga, 38, and sister Teresa Giudice, 45, have taken a back seat in the family business. Instead, Melissa is focusing her time on her Envy boutique — which is set to be at the center of a $30 million trial this summer.
The restaurant’s opening was captured for “RHONJ” cameras.
A rep for Joe did not immediately return our request for comment.