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U of T-area pizzeria shut down after second failed inspection

After a rodent infestation caused the closure of a popular downtownpizzeria Monday, Cora Pizza failed a second inspection Wednesday.

After a rodent infestation caused the closure of a popular downtown pizzeria Monday, Cora Pizza failed a second inspection Wednesday.

“There was a re-inspection done and the requirements for reopening were not met. So the restaurant will remain closed until the next inspection,” said Dr. Howard Shapiro, associate medical officer of health with Toronto Public Health.

Monday’s inspection was not a routine checkup, but the result of a complaint. Shapiro said rats were found in the “kitchen, proper.”

The pizzeria — at 658A Spadina Avenue, north of Harbord Street — has had previous problems with public health. After an inspection in June, the restaurant received a C for “crucial” — the most serious infraction — for failing to ensure food is not contaminated. Cora was given a notice to comply, but was not closed. The city’s DineSafe website does not specify the nature of potential contamination.

On Wednesday, Shapiro received an email from an inspector at 3:06 p.m., stating the follow-up to Monday’s inspection at the pizzeria resulted in another failure.

 
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