We have seen and covered wide range of pizza stories, including a pizza donut, pizza sushi and a pizza bikini, just to name a few. But you probably didn't know there was a pizza intended to help pregnant women induce labor.
Skipolini's Pizza in Walnut Creek, California has been creating its "prego pizza" since the 1980s, and pregnant women from all over the San Francisco Bay Area travel to one of Skipolini's locations to try it. Pregnant women who are nearing their due date are told certain foods can help induce labor, and while each mother may have had a different experience, Skipolini's has a long list of success stories from its "prego pizza."
The "prego pizza" features mozzarella, salami, pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, linguicia, ground beef, sausage, and heaping amounts of garlic and onions, and is topped with oregano and parmesan. "Salami is used to cover up 40 percent of the surface," said Skipolini's manager, Zach Zodikoff.
" I love the prego pizza."
Regular customer Shana Flickinger claimed the "prego pizza" helped induce her labor. She highly recommends it to other pregnant moms-to-be.
"So I was a few days late and I was told to come in have the 'prego.' I heard that it could help induce labor, so I came in and had the 'prego' that day and later that night I went into labor," she said.
Flickinger even brought her daughter, who was born after Flickinger consumed the "prego pizza," to Skipolini's.
"Doctors are recommending their patients to come in here right around their due date, which is great for expecting mothers and for our business."
Zodikoff estimates he has sold between 60,000 and 80,000 "prego pizzas" in the 17 years he has worked at Skipolini's. Although Zodikoff has never actually seen a customer go into labor at Skipolinis, he has heard through the grapevine it has indeed happened.
"What we wanto to do is watch the family grow. It’s very, very nice. We definitely promote community and it’s great to watch these babies… we assist a little bit with the birth and then they grow up through Skipolini's pizza, it’s a great thing," Zodikoff said.