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Comet Ping Pong
Comet Ping Pong in Upper Northwest D.C. is a lot of things: an 80-seat (plus 40 outside) pizzeria, a place to play Ping-Pong, a space for art exhibitions and late-night concerts, and a beloved gathering spot for families.
Owner James Alefantis refers to Comet’s pizza as American East Coast style. It’s baked in a wood-burning oven with dough similar to a Neapolitan-style pizza, but the tomato sauce deserves a special mention. Alefantis continues a tradition started by Comet’s original chef and co-owner, Carole Greenwood, when the place opened in 2006. (Greenwood is no longer part of the business.) At the end of every summer, Toigo Orchards in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, sends truckloads of end-of-season plum tomatoes to a facility in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, that bottles a year’s supply of sauce that’s made according to Greenwood’s original recipe.
As good as that sauce is, there’s none to be found on the pizza that intrigues us the most at Comet. That would be the Ca-Lamb-ity J’s, a white pizza that features house-made cinnamon- and cumin-imbued lamb sausage, mozzarella cheese, whipped feta cheese, olive oil, garlic, dollops of tzatziki (cucumber and yogurt dip) and a sprinkling of pickled red onions. It’s a Greece-y pizza we can get behind.
Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-364-0404; cometpingpong.com