RIDDLED with mice and cockroaches, a Soho restaurant has been ordered to clean up.
Italian restaurant Il Siciliano in Dean Street, was found with a severe pest problem, with out-of-date food in the fridge and dirt on the kitchen floor.
At City of Westminster Magistrates' Court last Thursday(16), Westminster Council prosecuted owner Agata Baranowska for 17 separate offences.
She was fined £2,850 and ordered to pay £2,478.60 in costs.
Environmental health officers visited the filthy restauarant twice – on March 4, 2008, and September 9, 2008.
They found mouse droppings, dirty plates and kitchen equipment, and an infestation of cockroaches.
In the fridge, the officers discovered double cream which was a week past its sell-by-date, and a tub of mascarpone cheese which was nine days past its best.
Prosciutto ham was also placed in direct contact with a plastic bag with raw meat, and raw veal was stored above cooked squid and cooked prawns.
Westminster Council's cabinet member for community protection Cllr Daniel Astaire said: "Il Siciliano had an appalling track record for food hygiene for instance, using out of date cream and mascapone, and repeatedly put customers at risk.
"I hope this prosecution sends a stark warning to other restaurants in the area that we will not tolerate sloppy standards.”