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Condo News Online - Food, Fun & Entertainment Page

On This Page:

• Theatre Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

• Thai Bay Restaurant has New Location

• Restaurant Review by Philip Chase:

Clary's Corner Cafe Greets New Year!

• Il Circolo's Christmas Luncheon 2013

• Il Circolo Supports Summerfest 2013

• Il Circolo Spring Luncheon 2013

• Tippi's Pizzeria — Delizioso!

• Theatre and Restaurant Reviews 

by Philip Chase

F O O D ,  F U N  &   E N T E R T A I N M E N T

Last updated: 03/11/2014

A Provocative Glimpse Into Mental Health

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

at Lake Worth Playhouse through March 16th

A review by Philip Chase

Novelist Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest became a 1963 Broadway play written by Dale Wasserman starring Kirk Douglas which enjoyed but a 5-month run, receiving both favorable and unfavorable reviews. Douglas fell in love with the work and purchased rights to the novel intending to make a movie of the subject but his hopes of finding financing failed to materialize and he passed the rights to his son Michael, who finally filmed an award winning movie and universally praised a decade later. If you saw the film, can you ever forget overly efficient nurse running the ward or the many strange and eccentric characters she bullies and dominates from your memory?

Director Clayton Phillips has assembled a remarkable group of performers who’ll draw you right into the situations the small group of patients face, from forced therapeutic sessions to enduring withdrawal of privileges for breaking the arbitrary rules. Unlike the movie, the play borrows more from Kesey’s novel in its treatment – sometimes serious, sometimes humorous – of mental and psychiatric situations. Scenic designer Cindi Taylor and lighting designer Chris Alberts created the appropriate environment for this tale centering mainly on the recollections of hulking Chief Bromden, played so admirably by Daniel Eilola who tolerates humiliating treatment by the ward attendants by feigning inability to speak and hear, remaining so until opened emotionally by the arrival of newly "committed" Randall McMurphy, captured accurately by burly Wally Valenti, as a bullying but friendly know-it-all injecting dynamic zest into all patients’ lives while irritating the heck out of disciplinarian ward hostess Nurse Ratched, acted so well by Clelia Patrizio whose arrogant attitude makes viewers want to slap her.

You’ll heartily admire and applaud Eric Camacho and Richard Iverson as leader Dale Harding and stuttering Billy Bibbitt for their contribution as key players in ward dynamics as well as the rest of the cast members Patrick Albano, Philip Thibeaux, and the others who so aptly portray "nut cases", aides, etc. The "loonies" and their captors convey their lunacy quite convincingly. Special tip ‘o me hat (with St. Paddy’s Day soon to be upon us) to Leanna Oliveira for her energetic role as Randall’s gal Candy Starr and to Samantha Marulli (for doing double duty, as Nurse Flynn and as newly-wed party gal Sandra!

This enjoyable play can be seen at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Avenue through March 24. Find out why Kirk Douglas was so intrigued by this subject. Call (561) 586-6169 or go to on the Internet for further information. This absorbing drama repays a thoughtful audience many times and should not be missed by anyone interested in good theater!


Thai Bay Restaurant Has New Location

By Betty Thomas

Thai Bay Food Restaurant has been a favorite of Palm Beach County diners for the past 24 years. Formerly located on Okeechobee Blvd., west of I-95.

They have moved to 1000-A Old Okeechobee Rd., West Palm Beach. Owner/operator Boon Som has been serving up some of the best Thai food in the county for 24 years --- all home made with fresh vegetables, spices and her own sauces and over 100 menu items to choose from.

This writer had the pleasure of dining there Saturday night and I can assure you that you will be totally pleased. The service is courteous and efficient.

My favorite Thai dishes are the curries. I had the chicken vegetable red curry. So-o-o-o good. My co-taster, Jimmy, had the broccoli stir fry with shrimp in a brown sauce. Both our entrees were scrumptious. Soup came with our dinners. He had wonton and I had the hot and sour. Delicious.

Their prices are moderate and their menu is a full menu for lunch and dinner complete with appetizers, beverages, desserts, and, of course, Thai Bay Specialties.

Thai Bay has inside and outside seating and also features a complete take-out menu.

For more information or to make reservations, please call them at (561) 832-6091. Or visit their website at:

New Hours & New Remodeling ... Clary's Corner Cafe Greets the New Year!

Review by Philip Chase

Lake Worth Towers


Photo by Jimmy Shirley

We’ve noted before that many locals may pause at Lake Worth Towers, 1500 Lucerne Avenue, in Lake Worth to enjoy a casual breakfast or tasty meal or sandwich at reasonable prices before embarking on the remainder of their day. The opening hours have changed: now Tuesday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. Tuesdays thru Fridays, ‘til 1pm Saturdays and Sundays. When you arrive to enjoy your freshly prepared food, you’ll notice the interior has been remodeled and the restaurant seems a tad classier!

Victoria Elliott is still the genial proprietor always developing surprise menu twists to spice up the selections. You can even order a sandwich or a salad at any time. The regular menu is loaded with favorites and the restaurant has added soda shoppe treats - root beer floats top a list of old fashioned drugstore favorites.

Although Clary’s is not open for dinner, you can call ahead and order great food for takeout to consume later. If you have any kind of an appetite for excellent food, you’ll want to give Clary’s a try!

The restaurant is located in the southwest corner of Lake Worth Towers, a rental apartment complex which is on the northwest intersection of Lucerne Avenue and "B" Street in Lake Worth. If unfamiliar with the area, feel free to call 561-547-7577 for specific instructions. You may be fortunate enough to speak to Vicky personally and learn what her daily specials are.

Clary’s charming staff is always happy to welcome new customers. It’s a treat to have someone else do the food preparation for you and not have to fret with kitchen clean up or washing the dishes after eating! Check out the food. Your stomach won’t be disappointed!

Il Circolo's Christmas Luncheon, Dec. 2013

Lucia Maggiore, Jean Toscano, Lori Mugavero, Joanne Croglio

Natcha Kobova, 

Judge Peter Giovine

Antonio Salamone,

Chris Salamone

Kristin Di Nonno

Christina Finizio, Paul Finiizio

Joe Castro,

Tina Wiegand


Gino De Marco

Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, held its annual Christmas luncheon at Atlantis Country Club on December 14, 2013. Greeting the guests was a table of appetizers, including bruschette and assorted cheeses with mimososas or champagne to drink.. As they found their seats, Gino De Marco’s music put all in the holiday spirit.. Hugs and kisses accompanied the Buon Natale wishes and President, Paul Finizio’s welcoming message added to the spirit of comraderie.

Throughout the luncheon service, Kristen Di Nonno and Lou Galterio sang solos and duets and after the dessert of cannoli and sfingi, everyone chimed in with them singing familiar Christmas tunes.

Thanks to Jean Toscano for chairing the event and to her committee, Joanne Croglio, Lori Mugavero and Lucia Maggiore.

A special thanks to Colavita USA for always supporting Il Circolo and for the traditional holiday panettone they contributed to our annual Christmas luncheon.

Il Circolo Supports Summerfest 2013

Italian musicians with Symphony of the Americas

Concert check: 

L to R Maestro Bruzzese,

Sally Valenti, Renee La Bonte

Concert award:

L to R Sergio Salani, Sally Valenti,

Maestro Bruzzese

Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, supported the Summerfest 2013 program of the Symphony of the Americas, I Musici Estensi. As part of its cultural exchange program with Italy, members of the Chamber Orchestra of Italy were invited to join Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, and his orchestra for a combined performance of creative Italian compositions along with other enjoyable selections. The unusual renditions of the familiar prelude to La Traviata and the Remembering Naples peaked the nostalgia of the many Il Circolo members attending at the Crest Theater in Delray Beach, on the evening of August 3. Despite a torrential, heavy preliminary downpour, attendance was near sell-out, a tribute to the of the popularity of Symphony of the Americas and Italian music.

Before the performance, Sergio Salani, a member of the symphony’s Board of Directors, presented Il Circolo Vice President, Sally Valenti, with a plaque in recognition of the organization’s contribution of $2,500. Her response described for the audience, the programs which Il Circolo holds each year to pursue its mission of preserving and promoting Italian culture. She thanked the Symphony of the Americas for allowing members to share in their bringing to the public, such a unique, distinguished contribution to their mission.

For further information, check web sites and

Il Circolo Spring Luncheon 2013

Photos by Sally Valenti

l-r: Sally Valenti,Debra Tornaben,Barbara Sherry,Deserei Mufson,Kathy Avacon

Tony Pasquale, Barbara Ciongoli

Lucia Maggiore, 

Elaine Santowasso


Tippi's Pizzeria — Delizioso!

Photo & Story by Jimmy Shirley

A business profile

Tippi Redzepi

Tippi’s Pizzeria is an established business on Okeechobee Boulevard, across from Century Village. Tippi Redzepi, an immigrant from Albania, first moved to New Jersey more than 30 years ago, where he opened two pizza stores.

He moved his family to Florida in 1991 and opened a store at Belvedere Road and Georgia Avenue and ran it with his son, Reggie. Eleven years ago, they moved to their present location at 5778 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

They offer a wide range of Italian-type foods, such as spaghetti, calzone, parmigiana, salads, hot and cold sandwiches and so on. This writer has sampled their meatball sandwiches, their Greek salads, and of course their pizza. It can honestly be said you won’t find better fare around.

The late Sam Koppleman, long time adv. salesman for the Condo News, was a frequent patron of Tippi’s. He used to use his quirky sense of humor on them when he would complain they had not properly arranged the beans in his soup, or that they had inadvertently placed the sauce under the cheese on his pizza.

Tippi’s Pizzeria is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm, Saturday from 11am to 12 midnight, and on Sunday from 12 noon to 10pm. They offer take-out, delivery, and limited sit down, and catering. Call them at (561) 681-9224 or just stop by the next time you want to eat Italian. And, please tell them you saw their ad in the Condo News.


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