Wish You Were Here: A Handmade Pizza in Paradise

by Owen James Burke

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Photo: Jody Pountain

Pizza pie is a floating pizza factory in Christmas Cove off the east end of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, owned and operated by a young couple who were brought together by the desire to escape the mundane. I think they did it.

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Photo: Jody Pountain

Fed up with Wall Street, Captain Sasha Bouis quit and became a sailboat captain. He landed in the Virgin Islands where he met his wife, Chef Tara, a primary school teacher and SCUBA instructor.

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Photo: Jody Pountain

Together they bought Pi, a 37-foot aluminum-hulled motorsailer and retrofitted the entire boat into a floating pizzeria. Because it’s now a business, they are no longer allowed to live aboard, but it’s safe to say they’re still making do.

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Sitting on a free mooring, Tara designed and built out Pi‘s commercial-grade galley, which consists of not one but two brick-lined ovens capable of churning out 4 slow-fermentation New York-style pizzas every 15 minutes, (2) 130 kw solar panels to power appliances and a DIY water maker that can pump 40 gallons an hour so they can wash dishes. Their goal is to pop out 100 pizzas a week, which so far they’ve been able to meet or exceed.

If you find yourself on the water in St. Thomas, you can hail Pon VHF channel 16, or check in with them online. Read more at Tiny House Blog. — OJB

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