PiZZA Pi
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Story of Pi

PiZZA Pi is a concept dreamt up by a young couple too naive to know it would never work & too stubborn to give up.  Now in their third season of operation, PiZZA Pi has served over 7,000 pizzas to hungry boaters & has been ranked #1 restaurant in the US Virgin Islands according to TripAdvisor for more than a year.  Before pizzas started rolling out the door, there were a couple years of dirty work which Tara blogged about, but you can find the cliff notes here. 

 
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The Brain & Brawn


 
2.5 years of building & we’ve created a 100% custom vessel that takes the familiar food truck concept to the waters of the US Virgin Islands where we prepare & serve New York style pizza to hungry boaters in the bay.
 

THE DREAMERS : Capt Sasha & Tara Bouis

Captain Sasha "The Brain" 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.  His most recent bluff-and-make-it work was the design and layout of every system on board Pi.

Chef Tara "The Brawn" 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.  She also looks good handling a range of power tools in a bikini.  

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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