Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Pizza, American
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
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Meatballs; chicken wings; chickpea salad; spinach-ricotta pizza; pizza with pepperoni and smoked mushrooms; white pizza with clams; pork calzone; caramel ice cream sundae.
Pizzas, $9 (toppings are $1 extra).
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
James Alefantis’s cavernous pizzeria is part gathering place for Cleveland Park intellectuals with toddlers in tow and part hangout for scruffy twentysomethings knocking back cans of DC Brau. The biggest draw? The misshapen, blistery-crusted pies that come out of the wood oven. We’re partial to the Yalie, scattered with fresh clams and spritzed with lemon, and the Hottie, with jalapeños and pepperoni. We always start with an order of fall-off-the-bone dry-rub wings served with creamy horseradish sauce. Outside the Buffalo-and-blue-cheese category, they’re some of the best in town.
Also good: Meatballs in red sauce; Smoky pizza with smoked mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, and bacon; calzone with roast pork, provolone, and broccoli rabe; salted-caramel/praline ice cream; tin-roof sundae.