Details

Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

202-364-0404

Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park

Cuisines: Pizza, American

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 PM; Friday 3 to 11 PM; Saturday 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, Cleveland Park

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted

Website: http://www.cometpingpong.com

Best Dishes:
Meatballs; chicken wings; chickpea salad; spinach-ricotta pizza; pizza with pepperoni and smoked mushrooms; white pizza with clams; pork calzone; caramel ice cream sundae.

Price Details:
Pizzas, $9 (toppings are $1 extra).

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups

Cheap Eats 2007: Comet Ping Pong

Pizza, beer, and Ping-Pong come together in an arty dining room. Photograph by Sam Kittner.

DC’s pizza wars are heating up, thanks in part to the arrival of Buck’s Fishing & Camping chef Carole Greenwood’s hipster pizzeria, which embraces the New Haven school of pizza-making, sheet trays and all. There’s even a riff on the Wooster Street mecca Pepe’s most famous pie—a white pizza with fresh clams.

Comet Ping Pong is an enigmatic place—a cavernous space with steel booths in front and Ping-Pong tables in back—populated by distractable servers in scruffy clothes. Even the unmarked bathrooms, painted inside with Bruegel-meets-21st-century murals, have their mysteries—you have to push the right spot on the wall to find one.

When the misshapen little pies are as they should be—and they’re sometimes not—they’re wonderful, brittle and blistered in all the right places and topped with high-quality ingredients—tangy sauce made from locally grown tomatoes, mozzarella from the milk of Virginia buffalo. For a buck extra per topping, add smoked cremini mushrooms, melted onions, and merguez sausage.

Though the menu changes often, there’s little beyond the pizzas—overdressed and overpriced salads, maybe a bowl of minestrone or a plate of hot wings. Remember—you’re here for the pizza.

Open nightly except Monday for dinner.