Pizza Pong in Washington, D.C.

A playful pizza parlor is all dressed up in designer digs. And the food's good too.
Jennifer V. Cole

Get your game on at Comet Ping Pong. This über-design-conscious pizzeria with a table tennis bent draws everyone from urban hipsters to the baby-stroller set, making for a low-key atmosphere where even out-of-towners feel right at home. It has design elements typically reserved for rejuvenated loft districts-18-foot ceilings, raw timber beams, skylights, and reclaimed barn wood seating. And with a menu dedicated to top-quality, seasonal products, this little eatery on a quiet stretch of D.C.'s Connecticut Avenue is where good taste meets good taste.

Settle into a green-topped booth for one of their wood-fired pies. Thin and crisp, they're smeared with honey-tinged tomato sauce and piled high with smoked mozzarella, asparagus, whole soft-shell crab, or even plain-old pepperoni. Work up an appetite for dessert-gooey sundaes made with locally churned Moorenko's Ice Cream-with a game of table tennis in the back. Your serve. Comet Ping Pong: 5037 Connecticut Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20008; (202) 364-0404. Entrées: $8.50-$18.

 

 

How To Play
Game: It's not called Comet Ping Pong for nothing. Get there early to put your name on the list for dinner (no reservations), and stake out a place at one of the three spots for table tennis. Allow about an hour to play-the best time you'll have waiting on a table in D.C.
Set: Located in the Forest Hills area, Comet is a mile from the nearest Metro stop (Van Ness-UDC or Tenleytown-AU on the red line). So, plan to drive or take a cab.
Eat: Although you go for the pizza, be sure to try the buffalo wings. Grilled, not fried, and covered in a tangy, red pepper-flaked honey glaze-these wings may not be traditional, but they get a lip-smacking seal of approval.


"Pizza Pong" is from the May 2008 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.