Joanne Trattoria, the restaurant on 68th Street owned by the Upper West Side’s Germanotta family (also known as Lady Gaga’s parents), slapped an ‘A’ health grade sticker on its door on Friday. It was a big upgrade from the ‘C’ the restaurant received a couple of months ago from the Department of Health. Among the violations cited at an October inspection: unwashed food-prep surfaces, a lack of hand-washing facilities close to the kitchen, and food placed in areas ripe for contamination.
The restaurant had fought the grade by appealing the department’s ruling. That October inspection has apparently been revised, and the restaurant received just 10 violation points, good enough for an A.
General manager Travis Jones wrote on the restaurant’s facebook page:
“Yes, we fought back at the NYC Health Dept for their bogus inspection results and we WON! Here’s to show you that no matter how hard you work, no matter how hard you do the right thing, someone will try and break you down, but you always come out on top! Life is good at Joanne’s if you haven’t come in, stop by and say hey! I’m always around!”
To celebrate the restaurant offered free “tap wine” to people who came in for dinner.
But will the health upgrade overshadow some very negative reviews?
Top photo via Joanne facebook page.