From the Spanish Virgins, we traveled east to the US Virgins. I was very sad to have left the Spanish speaking islands. I enjoyed practicing and expanding my Spanish skills. St Thomas is the first Us Virgin Island you come to and Dave was nervous with the crazy amount of traffic by Charlotte Amalie: Coast Guards vessels, sailboats, cargo ships, ferries, power yachts… But luckily no cruise ships when we passed. As it was, I was hailing the USCG (who didn’t respond) and the cargo ship Midas (who did respond) to learn their route so we could give them the space they needed. The congestion was unlike anything we’d seen to date, even more than Key West. Dave handled it like a pro, though, and we motored on through to our destination, Christmas Cove.
Christmas Cove anchorage was calm and quiet and a wonderful reprieve after the chaos of getting there. We lucked out by getting the last available mooring ball, so we don’t have to worry about our anchor holding tonight. Once we were all settled, Dave pointed out Pizza Pi, a boat anchored about 20 yards from us (pictured at the top of the page).
We were starving, so we hailed them on the VHF and placed an order for pick up. When Dave told me about this boat, which he read about in other blogs, I assumed it was a social thing. You raft up your dinghy, drink some beers, and eat pizza with others from the anchorage. However, it was strictly a takeout joint for pick up or delivery. Yep, they have a small fleet of dinghies for delivery service, which we saw in action taking pizza to someplace on land!
Pizza Pi is not your typical food truck and pizza is not your typical galley food. So how did this all come about? The owners wanted to bring the food truck concept to the water. Boat ovens are tiny pathetic things, as is the rest of the galley. It took them two years to custom build out the boat to cook their New York style pizzas. Dave said they used to live on the boat, but the US Health Dept. would not allow it. Now the boat is solely devoted to pizza pi heavenness. They bought the aluminum hull boat mostly gutted, which provided them with a blank canvas for their build out. I am not sure why they ultimately decided on a pizza boat or why in Christmas Cove, but all I can say is, “Thank you!’ The pizza was delicious. The first good pizza we’ve had in months.
We actually skipped over St Thomas, cruise ship capital of the BVIs. Christmas Cove is located at Great St James, just a short dinghy ride from Red Hook, St Thomas. Red Hook is where the pizza guy delivered. We did dinghy over to take a look around, but we didn’t go ashore. Mostly, this stop was all about the pi.