The Caribbean’s First Pizza Boat

Above: Pizza Pi. All photos by wherethecoconutsgrow.com
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A floating pizzeria?

In a spot off the southeastern coast of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, it’s a reality.

Pizza Pi, which debuted in Christmas Cove last year, is the Caribbean’s first-ever pizza boat.

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The brainchild of award-winning chef and culinary judge Tara Bouis, Pizza Pi is anchored in Christmas Cove Great St James Island, daily from 11 AM to sunset, with a menu including traditional New York-style pizza and Chef Tara’s specialty pies.

It’s been a boon to the area, drawing multitudes of sailors and yachters in search of a fresh-baked pie.

Indeed, Bouis says, the reviews have been terrific.

“The response to PiZZA Pi has exceeded our expectations!  Everyone loves pizza, especially good pizza,” she tells Caribbean Journal. “We have happy customers visiting us in rowboats and in multi-million dollar yachts.”

The menu includes pizzas, “snack stix” and even locally-made gelato.

Above: Tara Bouis

Above: Tara Bouis

Pizzas range from the “Plain Jane,” with house-made tomato sauce and a signature mozzarella blend, to the “Rasta Mon,” featuring red curry coconut sauce, flaked coconut, snap peas, red bell peppers and fresh mango.

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The aluminum sailboat that houses the pizzeria was built by Bouis and husband Sasha themselves, featuring commercial-grade pizza ovens and an oversized pick-up window.

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It’s a floating food truck of sorts, with ordering possible by phone (304-643-4674) or on VHF channel 16. You can even text your order.

“Shortly after we opened, PiZZA Pi claimed the #1 spot on Tripadvisor’s ranking of restaurants in St Thomas, and has remained there for well over a year now,” Bouis says. “We are really happy with what our idea has become and we have a fantastic crew working with us to keep PiZZA Pi great.”