Kate Hancock Malicek said she opened the box of pizza and made the disgusting discovery.
“Just went to grab a take out order of wings from Senioras on Thompson Rd and decided to grab a couple slices they had on the counter – the guy put it in the oven for literally 20 seconds,” she wrote on Facebook.
Local media reported that the restaurant gave her the money back and apologized. However, they said that the maggots didn’t come from their establishment.
“They were crawling out from under the cheese,” she said. “The clerk was mortified. They immediately took the cash out of the counter,” she added.
They claimed that she faked the video, Syracuse.com reported. “I think it’s fake. I eat these pizzas every day,” an employee, Farris Albokhiti, the owner’s son, told the website. “If we put it in the oven we would obviously have seen it.”
Albokhiti first told Syracuse.com that she never complained, but he later said she did. “I’m sorry,” he said. “You caught me when I just woke up.”
The Onondaga County health department “took swift action” after seeing video, a spokesperson told the local website.
“Results from the inspection performed … at Seniora Pizza did not find any adulterated or contaminated food in the facility,” said spokeswoman Melanie Drotar. “The manager of the restaurant stated they are working with a pest control company to control the fruit flies.”