Pizza Of Venice is as handmade of a pizza as you’ll find. We do thin crust personal pizzas using house-made meats, and farmer’s market sourced produce. Although we hang our hats in Altadena California, POV started its journey in Venice Beach, just about as far from Altadena you can be while still being in Los Angeles County. In 2012, we began making pizzas for a wine bar in Santa Monica and grilling pies out of an art studio in Venice. Even then, our toppings were unique and people took notice. We started selling at local farmer’s markets, and found an affordable commercial kitchen there too. It was not our intention to start a restaurant but Altadena had other ideas. On June 15th 2013, after making invaluable connections with farmers who would eventually supply our restaurant, and with tons of encouragement from local customers, we opened Pizza Of Venice!
Sean St. John
I grew up where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean on the tiny island of Barbados. The taste of sea water and the smell of African spices on the trails of the Saharan dust storms filled my senses as a child. Sweet Bajan golden apples, guavas, mangoes, giant breadfruits (don't sit under the tree), cherries and sour dunks shared with the occasional visiting monkey, were growing outside my childhood room. I lived on an old forte property with cannons and secrets, where my great grandfather planted the same trees I climbed. Almost all of my earliest memories include food and the ocean, either growing the food or catching and cooking fish.
Anyone who’s grown up in my hometown of Los Angeles knows that to live in LA and to explore LA are two different things. One can get locked into their routine, missing out on some of the world’s best taco trucks, BBQ and Dim Sum. I’ve been exploring the melting pot since I can remember. By bus, bicycle or car, I would take day trips with friends and spend my exorbitant allowance of $30 a month on a candy sweet stone crab claw with clarified butter, martian rock colored al pastor taco or an Italian sandwich with an oil slick thicker than the BP spill.