TAMARA'S SUCCESS STORY
Date of Birth:
7 lbs 7 ounces
Clayton,CA-- The rumor circulates within pregnant-and-overdue circles: A certain pizza at Skipolini's guarantees delivery of a a non-pepperoni Kind.
Over the years , word of mouth has spread far and wide, reaching even a woman in New York, who ordered a pizza via Federal Express.
Skipolini's calls it Prego; some customers-- those who don't buy the good-things-come-to-those-who-wait line--simply ask for the "pregnant pizza"
Tamara Aszklar and her newborn son, Jordan, are here to say the Prego is no suburban myth.
Four days overdue, Aszklar had two slices for dinner Nov. 28. Within hours, the 36-year-old was on her back in the hospoital counting contractions.
"I didn't expect it tow work; I was hoping it would work,"said Aszklar, a Clayton resident. "I don't want to misrepresent the facts, but....I can't rule out the pizza."
The hand-tossed, New York-style pizza comes with extra garlic, extra onions, oregano and Parmesan topped with layers of salami, sausage, pepperoni, linguica, olives, mushrooms and bell peppers. A large Prego costs $18.24 (in 1999)
"It was good-- it's loaded with everything you can think of, piled high with stuff," Aszklar said. "By the time I came home, I needed to use the restroom and just as I walked down the hallway, I started to go into labor."
Happy to play a minor role in the birth, restaurant owner Kent Ipsen sent the new mom--what else?--a pizza a few days later.
"The success rate is pretty great," said Ipsen 34. "We have had a tremendous amount of people come in, eat the pizza and have a baby shortly thereafter."
The first woman to ask for a customized pizza to induce labor did so as a joke 15 years ago.
"So we made this huge concoction," Ipsen said. "Basically, we took all of this stuff and put it on this monstrous pizza. And that night, she went into labor."
The happy mom, a few pounds lighter, told a pregnant friend, who ordered the "pregnant pizza." She, too, promptly delivered.
That was enough for the birth of a pizza legend and today, overdue women still wander in every day for a jump-start.