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Pizza Care


1525 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
www.pizzacare.net
Email : pizzacareus@gmail.com
Phone : 412-281-8585

County : Allegheny
Neighborhood : Pittsburgh - Bluff
County: Allegheny
Designation Level : Silver Designation
Owner/Manager : Nodir Tashpulatov


(February 19, 2016, 13:04) Restaurant's comment:
If you wonder what is special about us: we are not just a typical, traditional, old style pizza shop. We are a new start of the Healthy Pizza Shops making plans, dreams and ideas “REAL”. Our aim is to make healthy pizzas affordable and convenient to our community. Pizza Care offers several crusts for healthy food lovers: traditional white (unbleached, not bromated), whole wheat, multi whole grain and gluten free. Multi grain crust is a result of our long lasting hard work, comprising wheat, barley, rye, oats, millet, corn, sesame seeds and flaxseed. All crusts offer a pack of essential nutrients supporting our idea of a healthy food. Healthier ingredients and better nutritional value – but at the same time “Food with a Great Taste” is what we want to offer. We have substituted a number of substances that could cause a harm to your health:

Sustainability Practices:


General

Points
1 point Mandatory: We will/we pledge to display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation on our website, menu, and/or marketing materials

Restaurant's statement: Pizza Care will display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation through our website, menu, and/or marketing materials, and program decal.
1 point Mandatory: We will/we pledge to post the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant decal in a place visible to restaurant guests

Restaurant's statement: Pizza Care restaurant will display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation through our website, menu, and/or marketing materials, and program decal.
3 points We provide sustainability-related training and information to all new and existing employees

Restaurant's statement: We provide training to all new and existing employees on our sustainable practices.
3 points We include updates on our sustainable actions within staff meetings

Restaurant's statement: We keep everyone updated on our sustainable operations. We give reminders to employees about our practices.
8 Points for General

Waste Reduction

Points
2 points We recycle all of the following materials: paper, glass, plastic, cardboard, and aluminum

Restaurant's statement: We use Big's Sanitation and recycle all materials with them.
3 points We recycle/donate for reuse some of the following large materials/items: appliances, building materials, cabinets, countertops, windows, doors, flooring, mirrors, furniture, toilets, sinks

Restaurant's statement: When we renovated the restaurant, we donated tables that were removed to people in need.
2 points We buy at least one of the following products in bulk - no individually wrapped/portioned items: straws, to-go cutlery, or condiments used for in-house orders

Restaurant's statement: We buy everything we can in bulk - utensils, foodstuffs. etc.
2 points We have eliminated straws from guest use or instilled an "offer first" approach with straws

Restaurant's statement: We offer our guests straws, but do not give them without request.
3 points We sell or donate our used cooking oil

Restaurant's statement: We work with Valley Proteins for oil recycling services.
1 point We post our daily specials or menu on a chalkboard/whiteboard as opposed to printing

Restaurant's statement: Our printed menu is posted on a board by the counter.
2 points We do not use plastic bags to bag take-out items or have instilled an "offer first" approach to bagging take-out items in plastic

Restaurant's statement: We use mostly paper bags for all orders. Some plastic is used for bagging sodas or when more flexibility is needed that what paper can provide.
3 points We purchase paper products and/or containers made from recycled content

Restaurant's statement: Some pizza boxes we use are made with recycled paperboard.
2 points We purchase paper products and/or containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: After removing the greasy portions, our pizza boxes can be recycled.
2 points We purchase plastic products/containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: The lids of our pasta containers are recyclable.
2 points If we offer our guests paper self-serve napkins, we use a single output dispenser

Restaurant's statement: All tables have a single output napkin dispenser
2 points We use a paperless system to process guest orders

Restaurant's statement: Orders are placed at the counter and sent back electronically to the kitchen.
2 points We use a paperless ordering and billing for vendors where it is available

Restaurant's statement: When it is available we use paperless ordering and billing with vendors.
1 point We pay utility bills electronically (when given the option)

Restaurant's statement: Our Verizon bills are paid online.
29 Points for Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

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3 points We track the amount of water our restaurant uses and our progress on water conservation

Restaurant's statement: We track the improvements in our water conservation as we implement new practices. For example, we have been able to notice reductions in our water use since the addition of a new low flow pre-rinse sprayer.
2 points We practice water-saving dishwashing techniques: hand scraping plates, pots, and pans before washing, presoaking pans/utensils, only running the dishwasher when it is full, and/or basin style washing

Restaurant's statement: We hand scrape, presoak, and use basin style washing.
3 points We have addressed water conservation through the efficiency of our toilets

Restaurant's statement: Flush rate = 1.6 gal/min
3 points We have addressed water conservation through the efficiency of our urinals

Restaurant's statement: Flush rate = 0.5 gal/min
1 point We avoid hosing indoor and outdoor areas. Instead, we use dry cleaning methods followed by a damp mopping

Restaurant's statement: We avoid hosing unless absolutely necessary.
2 points We regularly check for and repair leaks in our water system

Restaurant's statement: We check for water leaks on a regular basis and address them immediately.
2 points We take necessary precautions to prevent wastewater contaminants produced during exterior cleaning/pressure washing or cleaning of floor mats, trash cans, or equipment from entering storm drains

Restaurant's statement: In the event that we do any exterior cleaning or washing outdoors, we make sure wastewater does not enter storm drains.
1 point We turn off all kitchen faucets when not in use

Restaurant's statement: We only run kitchen faucets when necessary.
17 Points for Water Conservation

Energy Efficiency

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2 points We use a programmable thermostat (continuously programmed to heat at 68 degrees and cool at 74 degrees during operating hours and 62 to heat/85 to cool during non-operating hours)

Restaurant's statement: We use a programmable thermostat set to approx 68 in the winter and 74 in the summer.
2 points We have addressed energy efficiency through our windows and doors

Restaurant's statement: Our windows are double-paned and have been equipped with a film to reduce the energy needed to heat or cool the restaurant.
2 points We turn off non-emergency indoor lights during non-operating hours

Restaurant's statement: Lighting left on during non-operating hours is kept to a minimum.
2 points We turn off lights in unused spaces or have installed sensors/timers to automatically turn them off

Restaurant's statement: We turn off lights in spaces that are not being used.
2 points We regularly clean evaporator and condenser coils on refrigerators (every 3 months)

Restaurant's statement: We clean the coils regularly.
1 point We turn off all electronic equipment at the end of business or place them in energy saving mode

Restaurant's statement: Electronic equipment is powered down at the end of business daily.
2 points We power down the kitchen equipment during slow, idle times

Restaurant's statement: Most equipment can be and is powered down through slower times of business during the day.
2 points We have installed a barrier between the outside air and main entrance (air curtain, foyer, double doors, indoor curtain, revolving door)

Restaurant's statement: There are two double-door entrances into Pizza Care.
2 points We have insulated all refrigeration cold suction lines

Restaurant's statement: Our refrigeration systems all have their cold suction lines insulated.
3 points We use daylight sensors or adjust our indoor lighting based on natural sunlight available

Restaurant's statement: We adjust our indoor lighting based on the natural lighting available.
20 Points for Energy Efficiency

People - Community/Consumer Actions

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2 points We partner with, fundraise, sponsor, promote or donate to a local community organization, community members, or cause

Restaurant's statement: We donate to St. Jude's and also the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
3 points We provide employment opportunities for residents of the local community

Restaurant's statement: 100%
5 points We help to provide children in underserved communities access to fresh, healthy food in order to supplement meals outside of regular school hours or during the standard school year

Restaurant's statement: We provide discounts to a few schools in the Hill District when ordering pizzas for student events.
10 Points for People - Community/Consumer Actions

People - Employee Actions

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2 points Our employees participate in volunteer activities

Restaurant's statement: Some employees volunteer with elderly at hospitals.
2 points We positively contribute to employee health and wellness through incentives or programs offered (i.e. gym membership discounts, yoga classes, sports league, etc.)

Restaurant's statement: We have some exercise equipment in the back the employees can use during slow times. Some employees also leave the restaurant midday on Saturdays to play soccer at the fields at Pitt.
5 points We exceed the industry standard for FOH and BOH employee wages (over the current minimum wage rate) or have instituted an alternative pay system structure compared to traditional industry methods

Restaurant's statement: All our employees make over the current minimum wage rate.
1 point Our restaurant is owned by someone who lives within the local region

Restaurant's statement: Owner resides in Greentree.
3 points We offer our staff training to further enhance career development

Restaurant's statement: All employees are trained on the entire business operations, despite their job title (e.g. drivers are trained on how to prepare meats, other items from scratch.)
1 point We provide emergency rides for employees

Restaurant's statement: We are like a family and very team-oriented - we help each other in any situation.
3 points We provide employees working double shifts with a minimum break time of two hours

Restaurant's statement: Employees working double shifts are offered to take a couple hour break when they like.
3 points We provide our employees at least one day off for every five days worked consecutively

Restaurant's statement: Typically employees work 5 days and have at least one or two off per week.
3 points For employees earning hourly wages, we guarantee a minimum amount of weekly working hours

Restaurant's statement: All employees are guaranteed a minimum amount of working hours.
3 points We offer our FOH and BOH employees vacation time

Restaurant's statement: We always meet the vacation requests of our employees.
3 points We offer internal promotions

Restaurant's statement: A cook can be moved to a senior cook position or a management position, for instance.
3 points We cross-train employees across different floor and kitchen positions

Restaurant's statement: Employees operate the register, take orders, and prepare food in the kitchen.
3 points We provide employees with the ability to move between front and back of house positions

Restaurant's statement: All positions in Pizza Care provide the flexibility of working from a BOH to a FOH approach.
3 points We give raises based on employee performance and responsibility

Restaurant's statement: We always give raises based on job performance and increased responsibilities.
1 point We provide discounts for our employees at our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: Employees get to eat free on shift.
2 points We provide bonuses or incentives for employee performance

Restaurant's statement: We give bonuses on a frequent basis - holidays, job performance, company record breaking (sales, tickets, etc)
2 points We work hard to ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment

Restaurant's statement: Most of our restaurant staff is of minority descent. We operate with a very close-knit familial environment.
43 Points for People - Employee Actions

Responsible Sourcing

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3 points When Energy Star or energy efficient equipment is not available or attainable, we make it a priority to purchase refurbished appliances or equipment

Restaurant's statement: Some kitchen equipment was purchased used and some equipment was purchased along with the restaurant from the previous owner.
2 points We source products from a regionally-based third party supplier

Restaurant's statement: We use Nappie's foods.
3 points We rotate menu items based on seasonality

Restaurant's statement: Soups vary by season.
3 points We make at least one of the following items in-house: salad dressings, condiments, sauces, jams, jellies, juices, soups, broths, stock, chutneys, syrups, salsas

Restaurant's statement: pizza crusts, salad dressings (house italian and ranch), soups, pasta and pizza sauces, salads - most everything we make is in-house. We also prepare our meats in-house.
4 points When in season, we source 16-30% of produce locally (From within a 150 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: About 30% of our produce is sourced locally in season.
For RS-24 – RS-27, select the “yes” that represents your % of regionally sourced produce:
1 point When in season, we source 1-15% of produce regionally (From within a 400 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: About 15% of our produce is sourced regionally in season.
For RS-36 – RS-39, select the “yes” that represents your % of organic or naturally grown products:
2 points 1-15% of products we use carry organic certification or are naturally grown

Restaurant's statement: When an organic option is offered, we purchase that in place of the standard option available. About 10-15% of what we purchase is organic.
18 Points for Responsible Sourcing

Nutrition

Points
2 points Our restaurant provides half portions of select menu items or small plates (tapas)

Restaurant's statement: We offer half hoagies.
2 points Our restaurant provides vegetarian/vegan fare

Restaurant's statement: We offer multiple items that are vegetarian - pizzas, salads, appetizers, soups - all have vegetarian options.
2 points Our restaurant provides menu items or side dishes marketed as healthier, lower calorie options than our traditional menu choices

Restaurant's statement: Our menu features 20 different types of salads. We also have multiple crust options for pizza - traditional white (unbleached, not bromated), whole wheat, multi whole grain, and gluten free. All crusts offer a pack of essential nutrients supporting our idea of a healthy food. The multi whole grain crust is packed full of super grains - wheat, barley, rye, oats, millet, corn, sesame seeds, and flaxseed.
2 points Our restaurant provides entrée items served with fruits and/or vegetables

Restaurant's statement: All pizzas have the option of being topped with 18 different vegetable toppings - we have everything from beets to eggplant.
2 points Our restaurant provides allergen-free options

Restaurant's statement: We offer a gluten-free crust option for all our pizzas as well as gluten-free pastas.
2 points Our restaurant provides low-sodium options

Restaurant's statement: Our salads are all low sodium.
2 points Our restaurant provides ancient grains (barley, farro, quinoa, polenta, amaranth, spelt, kamut, chia, sorghum, freekeh, teff, millet)

Restaurant's statement: Barley, millet, flaxseed
2 points Our restaurant provides low calorie salad dressings

Restaurant's statement: Lite Italian and Fat Free Ranch
2 points Our restaurant provides smaller sized soda options

Restaurant's statement: We have 12 cans of soda.
3 points Our restaurant provides whole grain ingredients are used in children's meals

Restaurant's statement: We offer our pizzas to be made with whole grain crust.
3 points Our restaurant provides fruits or vegetables are offered with children's meals

Restaurant's statement: All pizzas can be ordered with multiple veggie options.
3 points Our restaurant provides lean proteins are used in children's meals

Restaurant's statement: Chicken can be served on a pizza. Our hoagies and wedgies can be made with turkey. Our ham and bacon are both turkey-based.
3 points Our restaurant provides low-fat, low-calorie, low-sugar, or low-sodium options for children's meals

Restaurant's statement: Given the healthy side of pizza we provide, there are many options for a child that meet the criteria.
2 points We use healthful, plant based oils for cooking and baking (containing predominantly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats - no trans-fat/partially-hydrogenated oils)

Restaurant's statement: Olive oil
3 points We have satisfied the requirements associated with earning Live Well Allegheny restaurant status. (Note: If your restaurant is located in Allegheny County, completing these requirements will earn you status as a LWA Restaurant in addition to your SPR designation. If your restaurant is located outside of Allegheny County, you will receive points toward your SPR designation by meeting LWA Restaurant requirements.)

Restaurant's statement: We have satisfied the requirements associated with earning Live Well Allegheny restaurant status.
35 Points for Nutrition