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cb1 Oct 19, 2010 12:47 PM

I happened to watch Diners Drive Ins and Dives last night. It was a repeat that featured Comet. I searched the Boards, and seems like this place got really ragged on when it first opened, and seems to have more favorable reviews lately. My question is have any of you tried the "Yalie" ? It's made with clams, and looks pretty amazing. I know I shouldn't ask for a review for a specific pizza, but it's something I need to either get down there and try, or try to recreate at home.

Thanks!

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Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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    Ootek1 Oct 22, 2010 01:48 PM

    It is a very tasty pizza. I actually think the quality at Comet has gone down since Carol Greenwood's been gone, but the consistency has gone up. Comet just used to have higher highs and lower lows than it does now; the pies there now are good, but not quite as wildly good as they used to be on those days that they were good... if that makes sense. I sort of miss the far more irregularly shaped pizzas of old.

    Still, I'll second the recommendation for the Smokey. I think the "hot wings" are the best thing on the menu, though - they are actually jerk chicken wings of unbelievable moistness, served with a fantastic creamy dippin' sauce. Mmmmm.

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    1. re: Ootek1
      beauxgoris Oct 23, 2010 10:08 PM

      ITA with hot wings comment. The best thing Comet has by far. Pizza is okay - but hot wings are the reason I go.

    2. woodleyparkhound Oct 20, 2010 01:36 PM

      I've had the Yalie, and liked it, but I like the Smoky way better. It's hard for me to order other pizzas there I like the Smoky so much!

      Re: the Yalie, I very much agree with Food Buster's statement:

      My big complaints are really in the lack of cheese, which is just sprinkled on lightly and which would help to balance out some of the oiliness, and a general lack of toppings. This is supposed to be a clam pizza, but I really can’t taste much of the clam at all.

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        katecm Oct 20, 2010 01:26 PM

        I haven't had the Yalie at Comet, though I am a Comet fan, if only for the unique atmosphere. Helps that I've also enjoyed the pizzas.

        But if you're craving a New Haven-style clam pizza (hence the name Yalie), try Pete's Apizza, which is true New Haven pizza in DC.

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        Pete's Apizza
        , Washington, DC 20001

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          The Food Buster Oct 19, 2010 02:13 PM

          I've actually had it, and I can confirm it's pretty good.

          From a review I've written on Comet Ping Pong (Photos at http://www.thefoodbuster.com/comet-pi...

          Yalie (Fresh Garlic, Clams, Melted Onions, Parsley, & Thyme): This is the supposedly phenomenal pizza that I’ve been hearing so much about over at the Washingtonian, and upon biting into it I can see why. It has one of the most unique tastes of any pizza that I’ve ever had. The pie is incredibly aromatic, zesty, herby, and oily, with ingredients that are all very bold. The best part, of course, is the crust, as I’ve noted above. But the flavors really work well here. While the oil can be offsetting, here I find it to be very flavorful, largely because so many herbs have been integrated into the pie. It reminds me of a light butter, garlic sauce that would go really well with seafood in general. That garlic really does come through, too. The pie even incorporates huge chunks of garlic right onto the top. Surprisingly, though, it’s never overwhelming, largely because that garlic is counterbalanced by some of the heavier flavors, like the oil and the onions. There’s the other standout of the dish—the onions. I’ve never had melted onions before, but the taste is reminiscent of lightly caramelized onions, with a nice slight sweetness. Moreover, since they’re melted down they give a really nice smoothness on the top. Added to all this flavor is the clam, which doesn’t add too much except for some salt to the whole pie (which was overwhelming for my friends) and a nice chewiness to go along with the crust. My big complaints are really in the lack of cheese, which is just sprinkled on lightly and which would help to balance out some of the oiliness, and a general lack of toppings. This is supposed to be a clam pizza, but I really can’t taste much of the clam at all.

          4.0/5.0. Very unique.

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          Comet Ping Pong
          5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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