Waiting for a table when a place is packed can be tricky. If there's a big bar area then GREAT, but if not you can end up standing outside (not good in cold or rain) or awkwardly hovering inside.
What if I told you there was a place where so long as it wasn't freezing or precipitating you could play table tennis while waiting for your table? Would you believe me? I know, it's awesome sauce.
The booths at Comet are huge and comfy--we easily sat 8 on a recent night. Our server Will was the bomb, attending to our $2.50 PBR needs (of which there were plenty) and making us laugh. We enjoyed the Smoky (bacon, gouda, mushrooms, onions, garlic), the Steel Wills (greens, fresh ricotta, garlic, olives), and the Jimmy (MEATBALLS!!). There may have been another pie somewhere, but those are the ones I remember.
I liked the pizza at Comet. Is it my favorite "sit down" pizza? Probably not. Do I prefer it to NY's DiFara or even Delizia? I don't think so. But it's good! And it's nearby.
The crust is nice and chewy, the toppings are good even if a little lopsidedly distributed (meatball, I'm lookin' at you). But grabbing friends for some rounds of ping pong, eating pizza, and drinking beer---this is what we were meant to do. This is America, and I'm a patriot.
And sometimes there's live music at Comet--you can be hipster-y artsy and eat pizza at the same time. NICE.
Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington DC 20008
Metro: Schlep from Friendship Heights or Tenley (about a mile) or take one of many bus lines that travel along Connecticut Ave.