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PiZZA Pi has served over 7,000 pizzas to hungry boaters and for over three years has been continuously ranked amongst the top restaurants in the US Virgin Islands according to TripAdvisor.

 
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A New Chapter

Never during our many visits to PiZZA Pi did we imagine that someday we would call it our own. But that is exactly what happened. In the Spring of 2018, news started to spread that the famous PiZZA Pi was for sale. The previous year, our daughter, Becca, had worked on Pi and our family and friends all become raving fans of Pi. Having recently sold a successful software business and now spending more time in our home-away-from-home, St Thomas - it seemed that the timing might be just right. We felt it was important, especially post Irma/Maria, that iconic venues such as PiZZA Pi be preserved and, well, the rest is history - or, actually, the beginning of PiZZA Pi's next chapter.

We are excited about this new opportunity and hope to carry on the wonderful tradition of PiZZA Pi into the future. We wish Sasha and Tara the best of luck on their next adventure and hope to pick up right where they left off - providing the highest quality NY style pizza possible along with that special Pi "vibe"! We look forward to seeing everyone next season... until then, be safe and stay well!

Heather & Brian Samelson
Owners

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Ayche Dubya

I first met Heather and Brian in 2014 when they invited Ann & I to the Virgin Islands for a 7-day charter. Trip of a lifetime, we absolutely fell in love with the place and have visited St. Thomas every year since. While visiting this April, Pi officially went up for sale. Without hesitation, Brian started gauging interest from everyone. It may have been the Carib talking, but I gave it a thumbs up. Heather and Brian started the heavy lifting and by July, I was on island to meet Tara, Sasha, and the crew for training.

I’m looking forward to running Pi as brilliantly as Tara and Sasha have since its inception. Their story is an amazing one; had me hooked from the first time I read about it online. To undertake all those challenges and to create such a beloved USVI icon. I shared with my sister how daunting it felt to follow in their footsteps. After a pause, she said “just consider yourself a guardian of their dream”. Hoping we can make them proud and stay true to the essence of Pi. Looking forward to meeting all of you out on the beautiful waters of Christmas Cove!

Harry “Ayche Dubya” Weidman
Manager

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Elise Schroeder

I am from a small town in Wisconsin nestled along the shores of lake Michigan by the name of Manitowoc. I grew up traveling to the east coast every year to spend time in the Outer Banks, and I fell in love with the ocean. Coming up with a Parrot-head mother I was destined to end up someplace warm, to lounge in the sand, on a boat, or by a pool with a boatdrink in my hands (thats right double fisting drinks is the way to go on your days off). Right out of High School I moved to St. Thomas to attend the University of the Virgin Islands to study marine biology. I have spent the last several years making the Virgin Islands my home. This past season I was given the chance to work on PiZZA Pi and I fell in love all over again. The atmosphere,killer coworkers, the captains, and the guests that come out make the long hot days out on the water so worth it. I can't wait to get back out on the water and make some stellar pies! #pigirlforlife #pitilidie

Elise Schroeder
Manager

Our Founders

In honor of our founders. They spent 2.5 years building Pi - a 100% custom vessel that brings authentic NY style pizza to the waters of the US Virgin Islands. 


 
 

Our Founders : Capt Sasha & Tara Bouis

Captain Sasha graduated from MIT, worked on Wall Street & threw it all away to become a sailboat captain.  One of his most charming traits is sounding like he knows what he's talking about, then backing it up with something half-baked and totally impressive.  He was behind the design and layout of every system on board Pi.

Chef Tara was a special education teacher in Indiana, paid for culinary training in cases of Guinness, moved to the islands to be a scuba instructor & is now an award-winning yacht chef.  She's an expert at biting off more than she can chew.  Designing the layout of the entire boat, and then building it herself took it to a new level.  

Building from the Hull Up

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FINDING THE HULL

Our search for "the boat" lead us through a number of derelict hulls left on various islands.  We had become comfortable with the fact that we would never find the perfect vessel and so would never have to suffer through endless hot days in the boat yard... until the day we accidentally found her.   

 

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BOAT YARD BEGINNINGS

After purchasing our boat we went back to the states to get married.  Our wedding registry was a list of tools & boat parts.  Our honeymoon was three weeks in the Nanny Cay  boat yard on Tortola.  We worked early mornings and late into the night to clear out, clean up & begin building.  Our goal was to complete the build in about six months.  

 

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PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER

Two years later we were living onboard Pi in the mangroves, pulling together the last of the big projects, applying for government licensing & heading off to NYC for a week-long fast-track pizza school.  After pouring so much of ourselves into the boat and business concept it was time for our moment of truth.  Would anyone show up to buy our pizza?

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