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If you do research on the best pizzas in the Washington DC area, Comet Ping Pong comes up on your radar. It’s a place that mixes a ping pong theme with Neapolitan pizzas. We went there with a large group on a Monday night (having heard that there can be long waits on Fridays and Saturdays). Although the ping pong theme is pervasive throughout, the only gaming takes place in a back room with three ping pong tables and a foosball setup.
Comet offered a wide variety of Neapolitan-style pies, some interesting appetizers, and a great selection of beers, including Fat Tire and Allagash White, both on tap, $21 per pitcher. Curiously, they also have Pabst Blue Ribbon in cans!
We began with some salads and beer and waited for our pies. Service was excellent – friendly and informed. The place was dark, less upscale than 2Amy’s (another great DC Neapolitan pie place) but no less hip. And blessedly, the hip nerds who come to Comet Ping Pong don’t bring along their unsupervised and crying offspring. If 2Amy’s had a bistro feel, Comet Ping Pong had a beer hall feel.
Uniformly, the pies had terrific toppings and were expertly cooked. Comet Ping Pong also lets you design your own pie, so I crafted one with red sauce, mozzarella, bacon, and egg. I loved mine for its freshness and also because it did not have a wet puddled center like too many Neapolitan pies. The crust was a perfectly good example of Neapolitan pizza, but it did not quite have the snap-chew magic of 2Amy’s.
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Let’s give the ambiance an 8, the service a 9, the toppings a 9, the crust a 7.5. All told, an 8.5 pizza experience. This is destination pie.