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Your due date has come and gone, and all you want is for Baby to be out. You've tried acupuncture, swigging castor oil and even dancing to "Thriller." But maybe the answer to your prayers is one hot, tasty dish.
Almost 300 baby photos decorate Scalini's Italian Resturant in Cobb County, Georgia. These babies are known as "eggplant babies." Their moms ate Scalini's eggplant parmigiana, a $9.95 plate of breaded eggplant smothered in cheese and thick marinara sauce, and gave birth soon after (usually within 48 hours). If it doesn't work in two days, moms-to-be get a gift certificate for another meal. (So, it's a win-win!)
"Two or three years after we began, a few people had just mentioned to us they came in when they were pregnant, and ate this eggplant and had a baby a short time after that," said John Bogino, who runs the restaurant with his son Bobby Bogino.
Word spread despite Scalini never advertising or printing on the menu about the dish's labor-inducing "powers."
"Certainly, we can't guarantee that it will work, because nothing is 100-percent effective, but we have had a pretty good success rate," Bogino told Yahoo! Food.
The restaurant's website is full of positive testimonials, even from out-of-state moms who cooked the the dish from scratch using Scalini's recipe.
"I had tried everything—lots of sex, walked 7 miles in 2 days, drink castor oil—and nothing worked but this recipe!" said Kayson Amore.
Even Bogino's sister, 42-year-old Brittany Newberry, is a convert. "I knew of the story but was skeptical that it would work for me, so it wasn't really in my plan to try it," she said. But she decided to give it a go 12 days past her due date on Sunday night. Brittany went into labor later that night.
You can try it out for yourself with Scalini's recipe. And maybe you'll have an eggplant baby, too.