UPPER EAST SIDE — A neighborhood pizza parlor was shut down by the city's Department of Health on Monday, when inspectors found evidence of mice and food kept at unsafe temperatures.
Pizza Boss, at 1469 Second Ave. near East 77th Street, was shuttered and remained closed Wednesday afternoon after racking up 53 violation points during a Feb. 8 inspection, according to the health department.
The department cited the pizza joint with a violation for evidence of mice or live mice present in the restaurant, the agency said.
In addition, hot food wasn't kept at the appropriate temperature and a supervisor at the restaurant could not produce a Food Protection Certificate, which ensures employees are trained to the city's health standards, according to the inspector's report.
No one at Pizza Boss answered the phone on Wednesday. The restaurant serves pizzas by the slice and whole pies, like a traditional grandma pizza, a buffalo chicken pizza, a vodka and fresh mozzarella pie, and a number of pastas, salads and sides.
The Department of Health did not return a request for more information.