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Pizza Vespucci


1710 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
www.pizzavespucci.com
Email : vespucciamerica@gmail.com
Phone : 412-263-5555

County : Allegheny
Neighborhood : Pittsburgh - Bluff
County: Allegheny
Designation Level : Bronze Designation
Owner/Manager : Tim Mamatov

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: Our restaurant 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: Our 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 sustainability training to all employees
3 points We include updates on our sustainable actions within staff meetings

Restaurant's statement: We update employees on sustainable actions in staff meetings
8 Points for General

Waste Reduction

Points
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: Condiments are purchased in bulk
2 points We have eliminated straws from guest use or instilled an "offer first" approach with straws

Restaurant's statement: We use an offer first approach with straws
3 points We sell or donate our used cooking oil

Restaurant's statement: We recycle our oil with Buffalo Biodiesel.
1 point We post our daily specials or menu on a chalkboard/whiteboard as opposed to printing

Restaurant's statement: There is a board outside where we post our specials.
3 points We purchase paper products and/or containers made from recycled content

Restaurant's statement: Mini pizza boxes are made from 100% recycled cardboard.
2 points We purchase paper products and/or containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: Pizza boxes are recyclable.
2 points We purchase plastic products/containers that are recyclable

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

Restaurant's statement: We have single output dispensers for napkins.
2 points We use a paperless ordering and billing for vendors where it is available

Restaurant's statement: We use phone ordering
3 points We serve dine-in food and beverages with multi-use rather than disposable dishware (plates, cups, utensils, ramekins, etc.)

Restaurant's statement: Dine in pizza is served on trays
1 point We pay utility bills electronically (when given the option)

Restaurant's statement: We pay bills over the phone
23 Points for Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

Points
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.
1 point We avoid hosing indoor and outdoor areas. Instead, we use dry cleaning methods followed by a damp mopping

Restaurant's statement: We use sweeping and mopping. We do not hose.
2 points We regularly check for and repair leaks in our water system

Restaurant's statement: We regularly check for leaks in water lines
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: If we clean outside, we are conscious of where the water is draining.
1 point We turn off all kitchen faucets when not in use

Restaurant's statement: We do not run water unless it is needed.
8 Points for Water Conservation

Energy Efficiency

Points
3 points We use automatic, energy efficient hand dryers in our restrooms

Restaurant's statement: We have hand dryers in our restrooms
2 points We have our HVAC inspected annually to ensure it is in proper working condition and operating efficiently

Restaurant's statement: We get our HVAC inspected regularly.
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 have a programmable thermostat that is set at the temps outlined in the criteria
2 points We turn off non-emergency indoor lights during non-operating hours

Restaurant's statement: We turn off all the lights and power down everything when we leave.
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 unused spaces.
2 points We regularly clean evaporator and condenser coils on refrigerators (every 3 months)

Restaurant's statement: We regularly clean refrigerator coils.
1 point We maintain the temperature of our hot water heater at 140 degrees or at the lowest temperature consistent with our sanitizing system

Restaurant's statement: It is set at 120 degrees
1 point We turn off all electronic equipment at the end of business or place them in energy saving mode

Restaurant's statement: We turn everything off at the end of 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: We have a double door foyer at our entrance
1 point We use natural cooling in place of air conditioning, when acceptable

Restaurant's statement: We open the door for fresh air on nice days.
2 points We have insulated all refrigeration cold suction lines

Restaurant's statement: Our cold suction lines are insulated
20 Points for Energy Efficiency

People - Community/Consumer Actions

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

Restaurant's statement: We have a box where we place money that is located on a back wall. It is for all to donate. If anyone is in need of money, we give them what has been collected from the box to help meet their needs..
3 points We provide employment opportunities for residents of the local community

Restaurant's statement: 100%
4 points We help to provide access to healthy, fresh food to people in underserved communities

Restaurant's statement: We offer a discount to Uptown residents
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 offer a discount to Uptown residents and their children
2 points There is a secure location to store bicycles at or near our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: People hook their bikes up to the window bars. If it's raining, they bring them inside.
16 Points for People - Community/Consumer Actions

People - Employee Actions

Points
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 play soccer, ski, skate, snowboard.
1 point Our restaurant is owned by someone who lives within the local region

Restaurant's statement: Pittsburgh
3 points We offer our staff training to further enhance career development

Restaurant's statement: Staff is trained on all aspects of pizza making. Owner will also train people to go work elsewhere.
1 point We provide emergency rides for employees

Restaurant's statement: We provide emergency rides for employees. Owner will also fix their cars.
2 points We provide some form of incentive for employee's use of alternative transportation for work (public transportation, walk, bicycle, carpooling)

Restaurant's statement: We carpool - owner picks up and drops off.
3 points We provide employees with at least 11 hours of non-working time between shifts

Restaurant's statement: Our employees get at least 11 hours between shift.
3 points We provide our employees at least one day off for every five days worked consecutively

Restaurant's statement: Employees get at least one day off for five days consecutively.
3 points For employees earning hourly wages, we guarantee a minimum amount of weekly working hours

Restaurant's statement: All employees work about 35-40 hours/wk.
3 points We provide FOH and BOH employees with some form of compensation during sick leave

Restaurant's statement: Most times we do. We will also help pay for medicines if needed.
3 points We offer our FOH and BOH employees vacation time

Restaurant's statement: Employees can request vacation time - up to 10 or 15 days.
3 points We offer internal promotions

Restaurant's statement: We promote all employees internally
3 points We cross-train employees across different floor and kitchen positions

Restaurant's statement: Most employees are cross-trained to work all positions.
3 points We provide employees with the ability to move between front and back of house positions

Restaurant's statement: Most employees are cross-trained to work all positions.
3 points We give raises based on employee performance and responsibility

Restaurant's statement: We give raises based on improved skills
1 point We provide discounts for our employees at our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: We off a 50% discount to employees
2 points We work hard to ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment

Restaurant's statement: The owner ensures his employees are respected, safe, and cared for in an inclusive environment.
39 Points for People - Employee Actions

Responsible Sourcing

Points
3 points We derive some items or ingredients locally (i.e. cheese, milk, coffee, tea, juice, baked goods, beer, wine, spirits, invasive species, raw baking materials)

Restaurant's statement: Cellone's, Turner dairy
4 points We source our seafood sustainably [Consult Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Guide (do not serve from 'Avoid' column), Blue Ocean Institute's Guide to Friendly Seafood (do not serve those coded as orange or red), or purchase from a supplier certified by the Marine Stewardship Council]

Restaurant's statement: We use the seafood watch guide to make our purchases
2 points We source products from a regionally-based third party supplier

Restaurant's statement: Nappie's
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: Salad dressings, sauces, most everything is house made
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: 15%
For RS-32 – RS-35, select the “yes” that represents your % of regionally sourced meats:
1 point We source 1-25% of meats regionally (From within a 400 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: 15%
14 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 a 6" personal pizza
2 points Our restaurant provides vegetarian/vegan fare

Restaurant's statement: We have a veggie wrap, vegetarian hoagie, vegetable wedgie, various veggie appetizers, salads, a few vegetarian specialty pizzas, and a lot of vegetable toppings
2 points Our restaurant provides entrée items served with fruits and/or vegetables

Restaurant's statement: Pizzas can be served with vegetables. A side salad can also be added to any pasta.
2 points Our restaurant provides allergen-free options

Restaurant's statement: We will accommodate for any allergic needs.
2 points Our restaurant provides low-sodium options

Restaurant's statement: Salads, most pizzas, wraps, Vespucci pasta
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 serve 12 oz cans of soda
3 points Our restaurant provides fruits or vegetables are offered with children's meals

Restaurant's statement: Vegetables can be put onto any pizza
3 points Our restaurant provides lean proteins are used in children's meals

Restaurant's statement: chicken or turkey can be served on a pizza or a sandwich.
3 points Our restaurant provides low-fat, low-calorie, low-sugar, or low-sodium options for children's meals

Restaurant's statement: We can accommodate to meet these needs for items that don't already 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: soybean 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.
28 Points for Nutrition