Quitting your 9-to-5 to travel the worldis a trendy life decision as of late. But quitting your 9-to-5 to open a floating pizzeria in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean? That’s one-of-a-kind.
Meet Sasha and Tara Bouis, owners of PiZZA Pi, the Caribbean’s first (and only) pizza boat. Sasha had spent years working on Wall Street.
Tara was an elementary school teacher based in Indiana.
The two met in the British Virgin Islands, where Tara taught summer scuba lessons. For 8 years, they operated private chartered yacht business together.
But one night, while anchored near St. Thomas, they simply had a hankering for pizza, Bloomberg reports.
That’s when the idea for PiZZA Pi was born. The Bouises opened for business in November 2014 and haven’t looked back.
Here’s a window into their lives as pizza slingers in paradise.
The couple bought a 37-foot, termite-infested boat that had been abandoned for nearly a decade. It took two years to transform it into a fully-equipped commercial kitchen.
'Business has been great,' Sasha Bouis told INSIDER in an email. 'Our busiest day was International Pi Day (March 14) when we sold 90 pizzas. On an average day we sell between 30 and 40.'
The boat is outfitted with solar panels to power many of its appliances, the couple told Bloomberg. They even have an on-board 'water maker' that desalinates ocean water so it can be used for cooking.
Chef Tara creates special pies like the Carbonara, with fresh-caught lobster, and the sandwich-inspired Cubano, with locally-smoked pulled pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard sauce.
The couple told Bloomberg they get a range of customers -- from yachts to dinghies and everything in between. One customer actually swam up to the boat.
'As a native New Yorker I am quite a pizza snob and I am probably PiZZA Pi's biggest critic,' Sasha Bouis said. 'New Yorkers say that the pizza is better than in New York, but that might be just because they are eating it on a boat in the Caribbean.'
PiZZA Pi is open daily from 11am to 6pm, serving classic pies plus out-there options like the coconut- and mango-topped Rasta Mon.
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