After three years in business, Tara and her husband/
business partner, Sasha, know a thing or two about keeping a pizzeria afloat. Anchored in Christmas Cove, Pizza
Pi VI rocks and bobs in the waves o; Charlotte Amalie
in St. ;omas. Housed in a refurbished 37’ sailboat, it’s a
wildly popular “floating food truck” for the water sports
set that’s also the highest-rated restaurant in St. ;omas,
according to TripAdvisor.
It began as a humble e;ort, Tara recalls—just a young
expat couple from the mainland, living on a boat and baking pies to pay the bills. But their skills, as it turned out,
exceeded their modest ambitions. “We originally planned
to live this leisurely lifestyle,” she says. “But demand went
through the roof, and now we’re doing an average of 50 or
60 pizzas a day. We needed a lot more product on hand
“Food trucks were taking off, so we thought, why not do a
than we’d expected, and our living quarters soon became
dry storage. So now we have to live on land again, but
it’s a good problem to have.” Concerned that someone would steal their idea for a floating food truck, Sasha and Tara Bouis told people they were refurbishing their boat in
order to sail it around the world.
food truck on the water?”
—TARA BOUIS, PIZZA PI VI
Tara Bouis, co-owner of the Pizza Pi VI pizza
boat, notes that anchoring fees are cheaper than
rent for a brick-and-mortar building in pricy St.
Thomas, thus boosting their bottom line.