John McCaslin

The "Teddy Roosevelt White Pizza" is one of nine "Inaugural Pizzas" on the menu at Teatro Goldoni on K Street Northwest.

Executive chef Enzo Fargione explains that it was Roosevelt, by presidential proclamation in 1901, who officially named the executive mansion located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "The White House."

Other trivia-laden pizzas are named for Jimmy Carter, John Tyler, Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, James K. Polk, and Barack H. Obama.


A bill was introduced in the Senate this week to establish the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties in Maryland.

Born a slave in Dorchester County around 1820, the feisty Tubman is perhaps the most famous of the Underground Railroad's "conductors," having made 19 risky trips into the South over 10 years to lead 300 slaves to freedom.

It's been written that one of Tubman's more challenging journeys was rescuing her elderly parents, although as she later told Frederick Douglass, she "never lost a single passenger."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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