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Court fines 'filthy' restaurant

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The kitchen had become a breeding ground for flies and beetles

An Edinburgh city centre restaurant has been fined £1,500 after pleading guilty to two food hygiene charges.

Environmental health officers found a large build up of filth, dirty stagnant water and food debris underneath and behind equipment at Bar Napoli.

This was creating a breeding ground for pests, including small sewage flies, large house flies and hide beetles.

The owner of the restaurant appeared at the city's sheriff court on Friday. Details of the case have just emerged.

The court was told there was a large accumulation of dirty dishes and equipment from the previous night next to the food preparation table when the restaurant was inspected on 31 August.

The food preparation sink and equipment wash sink were both full of dirty equipment and dishes.

On checking the wash hand basin, officers found that it was obstructed by a dirty chopping board and some dirty containers.

'Strong message'

Restaurant owner Giorgio Crolla agreed to voluntarily close the Hanover Street premises until they could be thoroughly cleaned and appropriate pest treatment carried out.

The restaurant was again visited the following week, when conditions were found to have improved dramatically, with insecticide spray killing off the hide beetles.

Environment leader Councillor Robert Aldridge said: "This case should send a strong message to all food business operators in the city that we will not hesitate to take immediate action in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of Edinburgh's residents and visitors.

"It is encouraging to note that this food business operator accepted responsibility for the food hygiene breaches committed in this case by pleading guilty."

Mr Crolla said the incident had been a one-off and there had been no problems since.

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