Italian restaurant Scalini’s closes in Smyrna, Georgia, known for its eggplant parmesan believed to induce labor

Italian restaurant Scalini is now closed after 42 years on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna. The restaurant served classic, old-school Italian fare, but was probably best known for its eggplant parmesan, a dish believed to help induce labor for mothers near or beyond their due dates.

A statement posted to Scalini’s Facebook page indicates that the restaurant closed after dinner service on Sunday August 7th. No official reason is given for the closure, but the restaurant’s responses to questions about its sudden closure suggest part of the decision may be due to a lack of employees.

The Facebook ad currently includes more than 1,200 comments from people reminiscing about family reunions and celebrations there over the years and testimonials of the magical and inducing powers of Scalini’s famous eggplant parmesan work.

Opened in 1980 by John Bogino, Scalini became famous for the legendary Eggplant Parmesan and claims that it hastened labor for those who ate the dish during the last days of pregnancy. The tradition surrounding Scalini’s Eggplant Parmesan eventually led the restaurant to compile a wall of photographs – affectionately known as the “Baby Eggplant Club” – filled with hundreds of photos of children supposedly born because their mothers had eaten the eggplant parmesan a few hours or days after giving birth.

And while some reviewers point to the fact that all seven locations of partner restaurant Provino’s feature the same eggplant parmesan buttered garlic rolls on the menu, others say Scalini’s represents a special time in their lives that can’t be simply not be replaced or reproduced.

Hearing stories about the legendary powers of eggplant parmesan, Giving Kitchen Co-founder Jen Hidinger-Kendrick hoped eating on Scalini’s dish would help expedite the birth of her son 2.5 years ago.

“I had never been there before. It was a fun experience while pregnant, and I wanted to try everything,” recalls Hidinger-Kendrick, who says the eggplant parmesan didn’t have the desired effect, but that it was still delicious. “Pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a parent is the greatest joy of my life, and Scalini’s Eggplant Parmesan was a great experience in the grand scheme of it all.”

Atlanta bartender Julian Goglia and his wife Julia both recall going on “chic dates” at Scalini’s in high school and hearing rumors about the labor-inducing properties of the eggplant parmesan cheese served at the restaurant. menu. Just before Julia gave birth to their first child a few years ago, the Goglias went to Scalini’s for dinner.

“When our first was about to be due, we grabbed a family meal of eggplant that could have fed an army, [and] of course, our daughter was born two days later,” says Julian Goglia. “For our second daughter, same game plan [and] same result.

Two weeks ago, the couple took Julia’s pregnant sister to Scalini’s for eggplant parmesan. Julian wonders if she might have been the last pregnant woman to indulge in the dish before Scalini closed this week. Her sister-in-law gave birth a few days later.

“Maybe it’s wolf magic.” It may just be about sharing comfort food staples with loved ones. I’m not sure, but I’m going to miss being able to continue a decades-old tradition of a quiet family last meal before the storm,” he says of Scalini’s closure. Julian suspects others feel the same way about the loss of a culinary ritual that has become part of Atlanta’s restaurant industry folklore.

Scalini’s has yet to return Eater’s request for comment on the restaurant’s closure and the future status of the Eggplant Baby Club wall photographs.

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