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Embarking on a journey to Pizza Pi is entering a gastronomic paradise floating on the water. This unique culinary adventure is based in Christmas Cove, just off the island of Great St James in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pizza Pi is open daily from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm, and they offer dine-in, dinghy drive-thru, or delivery to vessels anchored in Christmas Cove. As you continue reading, you’ll discover the fascinating history of Pizza Pi and the talented chefs behind these delectable pies and experience the beauty of the Virgin Islands. 

The Journey of Pizza Pi: From a Dream to a Floating Pizzeria

Pizza Pi’s story began in 1996 when a daring British family commissioned the construction of a 37-foot aluminum-hulled boat named Pagan. They sailed the 37-foot vessel across the Atlantic Ocean, eventually reaching Antigua and Barbuda. Unfortunately, a dispute ended their journey, and the boat was left on land, untouched and deteriorating for a decade.

After ten years, Pagan was restored and equipped with a new engine, making the voyage to the British Virgin Islands. Here, Tara and Sasha, the founders of Pizza Pi, discovered the vessel and immediately envisioned it as the perfect floating pizzeria. By June 2012, they had become the proud new owners of Pagan. 

Tara and Sasha spent the next two years at the boatyard in Nanny Cay on Tortola, BVI, transforming the interior into a fully functional pizzeria. The boat was outfitted with three ovens, two fridges, a freshwater maker, a freezer, a pizza prep station, a small bar, a bathroom, and a cabin now used for storing provisions and Pizza Pi merchandise.

Renamed Pi, the boat was relaunched and sailed to St. Thomas. From its mooring in Christmas Cove, Pizza Pi officially opened in November 2014, quickly becoming known for serving the best pizza in the Caribbean.

The founders sold the business in 2018 and briefly changed hands again in 2022. In May 2023, a local maritime business owner and his girlfriend took on the task, aiming to make Pizza Pi a destination rather than just a quick stop.

The current owners, Chris and Katie, are dedicated to maintaining a family-friendly maritime dining experience that captures the funky, unique vibe of the islands. They want guests to fully enjoy the beauty of Christmas Cove and the overall Pizza Pi experience.

Previously, hungry boaters would quickly raft up or use the dinghy drive-thru to grab their fresh-baked pizza before heading on their way. These options are still available, but guests can now enjoy new floating lounges.

Visitors can sip a drink with their feet in the water, swim, and dive into a slice of mouthwatering paradise while floating alongside Pizza Pi with family and friends, old and new. 

You can still expect the best pizza in the Caribbean, now made with fresher ingredients (sourced locally whenever possible), a drink menu featuring island-inspired cocktails and frozen drinks, and an enhanced venue to enjoy it all.


Sailing to Pizza Pi: A Culinary Adventure on the Water

Picture yourself aboard a luxurious private yacht, gently gliding through the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Virgin Islands. As your Captain anchors in Christmas Cove, the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked pizza fills the bay.

Arriving at Pizza Pi is an unforgettable experience. The vibrant colors of the pizzeria’s exterior contrast beautifully against the azure sea, creating a postcard-worthy sight. After you approach using your method of choice (dinghy, paddle board, or swim-in), you take your seat on the floating circular couches with your feet in the crystal clear water.

Time to order!

Friendly staff will greet you and guide you through the menu, offering a selection of classic and unique pizza creations. Choose from mouth-watering options like the “Tropical Heat,” topped with jerk chicken and pineapple, or the “Sunset Special,” featuring fresh local seafood. Fancy a cocktail? They have you covered with a plethora of delicious craft cocktail creations.

Does Pizza Pi Deliver?

Yes, Pizza Pi delivers! They bring your order directly to your boat or yacht via dinghy, ensuring you enjoy fresh pizza right on the water.

While you wait for your pizza to be freshly baked, take a moment to soak in the stunning views surrounding you. The gentle sea breeze sweeps through your hair, while the sound of the delightful banter of patrons and splashes of swimming kiddos provides a fun atmosphere. When your pizza is served piping hot, the first bite is a burst of flavors that dance on your taste buds. The crust is perfectly crispy, the cheese is gooey and delicious, and the toppings are fresh and vibrant. Each bite is a culinary delight.

The Chefs Behind Pizza Pi: Creating Delicious Pies at Sea

The magic lies in the hands of its talented team of chefs. These culinary maestros have perfected the art of creating exquisite pizzas in the small confines of a floating kitchen. Every pizza is a work of art crafted with love and attention to detail.

But what sets this floating restaurant apart from traditional pizzerias is the chefs’ skills and the unique challenges they face. From rolling waves to limited storage space, every element of their craft must be carefully adapted to ensure the finest quality pizza reaches your plate.

Despite the challenges of working at sea, the chefs are fueled by their passion for creating exceptional pizzas. Each pie that emerges from their oven is a testament to their dedication and creativity, showcasing a perfect balance of flavors and textures that keep customers returning for more.


Pizza Pi’s Signature Pies: A Taste of the Caribbean on Your Plate

When it comes to signature pies, Pizza Pi does not disappoint. Each pizza is a delicious tribute to the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean. From locally sourced ingredients to creative toppings, every slice offers a tantalizing taste of paradise.

Whether you’re a fan of the classics or crave something adventurous, Pizza Pi has something to satisfy every palate. The combination of flavors and textures will transport you to a tropical oasis with each bite.

Each pizza from Pizza Pi is crafted with care and expertise, using only the finest ingredients to ensure a culinary experience that is second to none. From classic pepperoni to gourmet vegetarian options, there’s a pizza to satisfy every craving as you bask in the luxury of yacht life.

Exploring the Beautiful Waters of the Virgin Islands with UC Yacht Charters

While the main attraction may be Pizza Pi, we invite you to take full advantage of the stunning Virgin Islands and all it has to offer. UC Yacht Charters offers a range of sailing and power yacht experiences to help you navigate these idyllic waters.

Set sail to hidden coves, snorkel among vibrant coral reefs, or simply relax on the deck and soak in the sun’s warm embrace. The Virgin Islands are a treasure trove of natural beauty, and UC Yacht Charters is your guide to discovering its wonders.

Indulge in Paradise: Why Pizza Pi and UC Yacht Charters Make the Perfect Pair

From the breathtaking scenery to the incredible flavors, Pizza Pi and UC Yacht Charters offer an unparalleled experience. Since the only way to arrive at Pizza Pi is by boat, we encourage our USVI yacht charter guests to spend an afternoon experiencing this one-of-a-kind dining experience. Whether you are a pizza lover, an adventure seeker, or simply someone who loves to indulge in the finer things in life, this combination is a match made in heaven.

Embark on a journey to Pizza Pi with UC Yacht Charters, and you’ll satisfy your cravings for delicious pizza and create memories that will last a lifetime – and perhaps even discover your own slice of paradise.

Photography by Chelsey Williams

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