Just a note to our readers to clarify a story we wrote in August about two LES pizzerias that drew criticism from the city health department: Va Bene Pizza at 201 Clinton St., which was shut down after an inspection (and later reopened) is not affiliated with the pizza chain owned by Hakki Akdeniz, which was covered in the same article. Akdeniz tells us that a website showing a joint menu for Va Bene and his Famous Hakki Pizza outlet at 170 Rivington St. is incorrect.
Va Bene Pizza, 201 Clinton Street.
Va Bene Pizza, at 201 E. Clinton St. near East Broadway, was shut down by health inspectors Tuesday after receiving 81 points for sanitary violations.
Va Bene was cited for eight violations, six of them rated critical. The critical violations included not providing a toilet for either either employees or patrons, the presence of mice, improper holding temperatures for cold foods, and food that was “adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated or not discarded” appropriately.