Caioti Pizza Café – Los Angeles, California - Atlas Obscura

Caioti Pizza Café

Pizza joint known for labor-inducing salad dressing. 


Caioti Pizza Café is one pizza joint that isn’t known for that dish at all. In fact, chef Ed LaDou’s claim to fame is an accidental “miracle” food. In 1993, a pregnant woman well overdue came in and ordered the café’s Romaine and Watercress salad. The next day, she went into labor. Believing the salad was the cause, she recommended the restaurant to a pregnant friend who was also overdue. What do you know, soon after the baby was on its way.

Word quickly spread, and soon LaDou was flooded with orders from frustrated soon-to-be mothers. So many orders, in fact, that he began mailing the dressing to women who couldn’t make it to his restaurant.

While LaDou would rather concentrate on his excellent pizza-making skills, he still serves his world famous salad to an average of fifty pregnant women a week.

So if you’re in that very narrow demographic, or you just enjoy delicious, gourmet pizza, you might want to check out the restaurant.

Know Before You Go

Caioti is located very close to the 170, 101 and the 134 Freeways. It is just south of Moorpark St. and about eight blocks north of Ventura Blvd. on the east side of Tujunga Ave.



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