Every day, Studio City's Caioti Pizza Cafe serves around 8 to 12 pregnant women, all of whom have stumbled into the famous eatery in LA in desperate hopes of getting their labor going.
The restaurant, which was established in 1987, has made headlines for "The Maternity Salad."
A simple concoction of romaine, gorgonzola, walnuts, watercress and the restaurant's secret balsamic dressing, the dish has become famous for moms-to-be, many of whom have traveled far and wide for a taste of Caioti's magical mix.
Pregnant women eating "The Salad"
Pregnant women eating "The Salad"
Like many pregnant women in Los Angeles, I made my pilgrimage to The Valley for "The Salad"! 🥗Legend has it that this salad (or rather the dressing) at @caioti_pizza has been known to put you right into labor! I'm not confident that will happen AT ALL but I figured it's an LA rite of passage to give it a whirl! 🤷🏼♀️(swipe right for more) #9monthspregnant #babywatch #wereready
There are literally three other pregnant women here with me at this restaurant in Studio City for “The Salad” hoping this does the trick. These chicks are all 39 weeks though. I laugh at 39 weeks. Call me when you hit 41 weeks, girl. 😂
The salad is supposed to help boost labor within 24 hours, it’s been 6 hours since so far and nothing yet 😂🤞🏻
We came to Studio City to eat at Caioti for The THE Salad. A salad famous for inducing labor 💙🙏. We are placing bets on the legitimacy of it. Who thinks baby is coming tonight??
Doing everything I can to get this baby out ...if that means eating a special salad, I’m in!
Went to Caioti Cafe today to try their famous "labor inducing" salad. They say that it's the special, homemade, balsamic dressing that does the trick. Who knows🤷🏼♀️ There were 3 other pregnant women in there at the same time as me. On average they serve the salad to 8-12 preggos a day! And they have a guest book to prove it😂 Either way, great marketing ploy for them, and a good way to get me to eat otherwise (currently) very unappetizing vegetables. I got extra dressing on the side to take a shot of later. Hopefully that shot comes with a side of baby 🙌🏻
Trying “The Salad” from Caioti! Come on, girl!!!
Here we have (hopefully) the last picture of pregnant me. Legend has it that most women who try The “The” Salad from Caioti Pizza Cafe in Studio City go into labor either hrs later or some time soon after. Jim and I drove an hr to try said salad after I heard about it from a woman I met in line at a store in the mall, that’s how desperate I am lol. This is my last ditch effort in trying to get my son out on my own before I schedule an induction w my doctor next week. I’ve tried everything over the last few days: teas, baths, massages, birthing balls, walking, knocking boots...so this is it, I’M READY!
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Ever heard of the labor inducing salad? Me neither. Let’s give it a try 🤰🏼🤷🏼♀️
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“Maternity Salad” ... hoping this helps!!!! Upside is that I get to hang out w the hubby longer before baby girl comes out 💕
Trying out this labor inducing salad! Extra shot of dressing for good luck 💙 Come on our baby boy 🤞🏻 .
.#laborinduction #laborsalad #THEsalad #caiotipizzacafe #fingerscrossed #anydaynow #doctorrecommended
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Some drink the dressing straight from the bottle.
Actress Hilary Duff has joined the thousands of hopeful moms hoping to induce labor. Nine months pregnant with her second child, a girl, Duff has been documenting her pregnancy journey for her 10 million Instagram followers, including her brief stop at Caioti's.
"This salad is supposed to make you go into labor...@caioti_pizza don't let me down," she posted to her Instagram stories. No word yet on if the salad intervention worked.
See more of the child star over the years:
Hilary Duff through the years
Hilary Duff through the years
LOS ANGELES - MAY 14: Actress Hilary Duff attends the premiere of the Universal Pictures movie 'Bruce Almighty' at the Universal Amphitheater May 14, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The film opens in theaters nationwide May 23, 2003. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Hilary Duff attends The Build Series to discuss 'Younger' at AOL HQ on September 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actress Hilary Duff joins Stella Artois to help kick-off a summer of hosting memorable moments in New York City on June 23, 2016. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Stella Artois)
Actors Hilary Duff (L) and Sutton Foster with producer Darren Star (C) attend the 'Younger' Season 3 and 'Impastor' Season 2 New York Premiere at Vandal on September 27, 2016 in New York City. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Singer/Actress Hilary Duff is seen walking in Soho on September 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Hilary Duff visits the SiriusXM Studios on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15: Actresses Sutton Foster, Miriam Shor and Hilary Duff of TV Lands Younger attend the 'Younger' FYC Screening & Reception at The London West Hollywood on April 15, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for TV Land)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Hilary Duff attends the after party for the premiere of TV Land's 'Younger' at Chef's Club on March 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Hilary Duff, the star of the ABC/Disney Channel show 'Lizzie McGuire', was a presenter at the 29th International Emmy Awards in New York City on November 19, 2001. photo by Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 26: Actress Hilary Duff (L) hugs singer Aaron Carter as they attend the premiere of The Lizzie McGuire Movie on April 26, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Getty Images)
397855 15: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at the 'Divine Design' fundraiser presented by Project Angel Food November 29, 2001 in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
401763 17: Actress Hilary Duff attends the Youth, Improving Non-Profit for Children Awards March 4, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. Former NBA basketball player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, actor Jim Belushi and former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard were honored at the event. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 1: Actress Hilary Duff guest hosts on MTV's TRL at the MTV Studios May 1, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 31: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actress Hilary Duff backstage at The 2003 MTV Movie Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on May 31, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Actress Hilary Duff (L) and Hailey Duff arrive at the opening of the Stella McCartney store September 28, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. The store is a high end fashion store that caters to the Hollywood elite. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 3: Actress Hilary Duff accepts an award for 'Best Female Singer' during Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA, April 3, 2004 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: (NY DAILIES OUT) Singer Hilary Duff performs onstage at the Z100 Jingle Ball 2003 at Madison Square Garden December 11, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. 'A Cinderella Story' on July 10, 2004 at the Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 15: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actress/musician Hilary Duff and actor Chad Michael Murray appear on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios July 15, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 16: Singer Hilary Duff makes an appearance on Good Morning America Summer Concert Series July 16, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
MIAMI - AUGUST 29: Singer/actress Hilary Duff poses in the press room at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards on August 29, 2004 at the American Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV ? SEPTEMBER 15: Musician Hilary Duff is seen performing on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 5: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actress and musician Hilary Duff appears on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios October 5, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Sisters Haylie Duff (L) and Hilary Duff (R) make an appearance at Milk Studios to debut their advertising campaign for Ice Breakers Liquid Ice February 17, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Actress/singer Hilary Duff performs onstage during the Toyota Concert Series on the 'Today' Show June 17, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 14: Host Hilary Duff onstage at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk on August 14, 2005 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: (U.S. TABS OUT) Singer Hilary Duff makes a guest host appearance on MTV's Total Request Live at MTV Studios August 18, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 28: Actress Hilary Duff arrives to her 18th Birthday Party at Club Mood on September 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Hilary Duff performs onstage during the 2005 American Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on November 22, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Hilary Duff poses in the front row at the Michael Kors Spring 2007 fashion show during Olympus Fashion Week at the Tent in Bryant Park September 13, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images For IMG)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Singer/actress Hilary Duff attends the 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope cocktail party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Singer Hilary Duff arrives at the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles 11 February 2007. AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 26: Actress Hilary Duff attends the 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel March 26, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 29: Singer/actress Hilary Duff performs onstage during the NBC 'Today Show' concert series at Rockefeller Center on June 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 18: Singer/actress Hilary Duff performs at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on August 18, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY - OCTOBER 18: Singer Hilary Duff performs onstage during the Los Premios MTV Latin America 2007 at the Palacio De Los Deportes October 18, 2007 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Actress Hilary Duff poses at the 'War, Inc.' after party hosted by Cadillac at Tenjune on April 28, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 05: Actress/singer Hilary Duff (L) and NHL player Mike Comrie arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Singer/actress Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie of the New York Islanders attend the game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on September 16, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Chicago defeated the Yankees 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: Hilary Duff walks the runway wearing Donna Karan at the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park on February 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for IMG)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at the Herve Leger by Max Azria Collection Launch party held at Live! on Sunset on May 6, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Hilary Duff attends the 10th Anniversary Lucky Shops VIP Night at Metropolitan Pavilion on November 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 11: Actress Hilary Duff attends An Evening of 'Southern Style' presented by the St. Bernard Project & the Spears family at a private residence on May 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Actress Hilary Duff and NHL player Mike Comrie attend the 7th Annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies, a Hollywood Luncheon, at the Beverly Hills Hotel on December 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For March Of Dimes)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Hilary Duff arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's celebration of 'The Mindy Project' starring Mindy Kaling at Skybar on August 25, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Hilary Duff attends T.J. Martell Foundation's 15th Annual Family Day Honoring Tom Corson, President & COO of RCA Records and his Family at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for T.J Martell Foundation)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 05: Actress Hilary Duff attends the premiere of Disney's 'Planes' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Hilary Duff attends the 2015 InStyle And Warner Bros. 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Even LA-area OBGYNs recommend the restaurant to their patients. "Doctors send their patients here — so do midwives and doulas," explained owner of Caioti's Carrie LaDou. "Everybody knows us and the salad has become an end-of-pregnancy tradition for most locals."
"There are now kids that are literally in their twenties who come in and eat and tell us that their mom ate the salad," added LaDou.
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