Anonymous tip led to Filippi's inspection

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- New information from the county shows that an anonymous tip led to the inspection and eventual closure of Filippi's.

According to the county, the property manager of the complex requested that the Department of Health's Vector Control Program provide a consultation on rodent activity at the complex. 

After completing the inspection of the building's exterior, inspectors reportedly found a small amount of rodent droppings near the dumpster areas behind the complex. 

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In February of 2018, the county says inspectors received an anonymous complaint regarding rodents inside Filippi's. 

The restaurant received a primary inspection report on April 18 showing that an inspector found 20 dried rodent droppings in a back oven and rodent nests in the panels of two ovens. 

The inspector also reportedly found rodent droppings in utensil storage areas, beneath a stove and in dry storage areas. 

The report shows that there were several holes in an exterior wall and a door leading to the outdoor trash area. 

A second inspection was conducted a second day which found six dried mouse droppings and two fresh rat droppings in a dry storage area. 

Dried urine was also found on plastic wrapper of cardboard pizza boxes and gnaw marks through plastic into boxes, according to the report. 

A manager of the restaurant said the facility had been deep-cleaned before the inspection. After a two-day closure, the restaurant reopened on April 20 and has since closed for good. 

The county says officials also inspected two other food facilities in the complex but didn't see any evidence of rodents. 

The restaurant offered the following statement after the closure: 

“Filippi's Pizza Grotto Eastlake we would Like to Thank each and every Eastlake resident for all your support over the last 5 years and we would like to invite you to visit Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th from 5pm to 10pm before we close Filippi’s Eastlake location to share all the stories of great times, great food, family, friends & entertainment. Thank You”

 

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