A Pleasant Trip to The Way West Side of Town.

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I rarely have the opportunity to take a day just for pure enjoyment and fun. Like many of us, I spend a great deal of time working. Thanks to a dear friend from Mexico, in New York for just one day, I stopped the weekend “catching up” that I normally do, and took a good chunk of time to meet her and enjoy the city.

We met at a truly authentic Italian cafe, Sergimmo Salumeria, where delicious-looking Italian specialties abound. I chose to have a good cup of cappuccino only, but plan to go back to check out the delicious dishes that I saw.

Then, we were off to the new The Tank theatre space on West 36th Street. A not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to developing new works, I reminisced as I walked into the space, remembering the time I spent at this theatre years ago, performing in a play that I co-wrote. But I digress.

The Tank currently presents a new play, “Real” by Rodrigo Nogueira. A fascinating study of people connected by the intense drive to live an authentic life, through two different times, woven together by a classical fugue.

This is the kind of play that is difficult to describe, but far easier to comprehend when you go to see it, which I recommend you do.

“Real” plays through January 20 at The Tank, 312 West 36 Street.

Then it was time for  a glass of wine and some appetizers at Tavola on 9th Ave and 38th Street. This popular restaurant is beautifully designed with a nice menu, and a wood burning pizza oven. It was a Sunday night and it was packed.

I normally never think of going to 9th Avenue, especially in the 30’s. But things are rapidly changing. And this part of town is becoming very, very cool.

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  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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