Cobb County

Customers reminisce after iconic Atlanta restaurant rumored to speed up baby deliveries closes

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Kathy Kelley wanted one last peek inside her favorite Italian restaurant.

“So I have three girls. My last one I’m like, I’ll try it,” Kelley said.

She’s talking about the eggplant parmigiana at Scalini’s in Smyrna.

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For the last 40 years, expectant moms from all over the metro ate at the restaurant to speed up labor. It apparently worked.

The cutest pictures of all those eggplant babies cover the walls.

“Very well known. They’re famous. One of the staples of Smyrna,” Edwina Graham said.

Graham took a peek too.


Co-owner Scott Garner told Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen that they just couldn’t hire enough help.

A lot of restaurants across the metro have the same problem.

Garner said most of the unique decorations will be moved to their seven sister restaurants called Provino’s. They’ll hold an auction for everything else.

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Kelley swears by the eggplant parmigiana. Her daughter Addison is now 12 years old.

“I could name 5 or 6 of my close friends whose babies are up on those walls. In addition to mine,” Kelley said.

Scalini’s owners haven’t decided what to do with all those baby pictures.

They might hang them on the walls at their other restaurants.