Find your Favorite NEW slice at Venice Way Pizza


Sunset from High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin

I love to watch sunset from High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin in Venice. In fact, the hotel was built by my summer camp friend’s family! And, now I am obsessed with their new pizza! It officially opens TODAY. Make sure to stop by for a slice at Venice Way Pizza!

Derek, Chef Ashley, Amy and Lisa

Amy Castillo, my travel friend of many decades, is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Erwin. I was delighted when she invited me to test out their new concept. Castillo only does things one way with passion and perseverance and has worked hard with her team to create pizza that guests and customers will crave! She told me they tested many styles of dough, “invested in the most advanced equipment, created a custom ‘dough room’ for rising ‘our dough babies’ and sampled several recipes for sauce before the culinary team (& our owner, Erwin, still driving decisions at 85 years old) came up with what we thought was a great product to bring to Venice Beach! I’m excited to see Venice Way Pizza become a destination or impromptu pizza experience that feeds smiles to locals and hotel guests, alike!”

The Venice Way Pizza take-out window will specialize in L.A.-style pan pizza—5×5 inch “slabs” of crunchy, hearty flavorful pizza with locally-sourced toppings, including traditional cheese, pepperoni and seasonal farmer’s market finds.

“Pizza Guy” Noel Brohner created a spectacular Focaccia dough which rises for four days in an extra-slow fermentation process. To prepare this pizza, he created 15×15 inch custom-made pans and blends pan pizza styles and creates an uber-crunchy bottom crust.

Lisa and Melissa with some of the special dough

Stop by Venice Way Pizza starting March 2, 2020 from lunch ‘til late. Your pizza choices include Dogtown (pepperoni), Boardwalk (cheese), Muscle Beach (veggie) and a chef’s choice rotating special.

Noel, Derek, Erwin and Amy all say—come taste a slice!

The open-air patio will seat up to 28 and have a full bar service, with wine and beer from Italy and California. 

Never fear, pizza will be incorporated throughout the hotel’s menu offerings and into room service packages!

Venice Way Pizza is located on the corner of Venice Way and Pacific Ave at Hotel Erwin which is never normal and always Venice.

Sunset from the rooftop at Hotel Erwin
Sunset from the rooftop at Hotel Erwin
Sunset from the rooftop at Hotel Erwin

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

2 responses to “Find your Favorite NEW slice at Venice Way Pizza

  1. Amazing article Lisa! You capture the best & write with such flare! Thank you for taking the time to experience us & sample the pizza!

    We hope to make you a regular!!!!

    Thanks again!

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