Although mambo 'taliano's mustard-yellow awning calls the eatery a "ristorante and piano bar," it's difficult to say which aspect has more influence. The chefs fully commit to the menu of traditional Italian staples by rolling pastas, curing Alaskan salmon, and making fresh mozzarella in-house. These sorts of touches add a homespun quality to dishes such as the spaghetti with pancetta and pecorino romano cheese, and the thin-pounded veal milanese with arugula and cherry tomatoes. To help prime palates, the appetizer selection features everything from marinated Sicilian olives to a shareable antipasto platter with cured meats and roasted vegetables. The aromatic herbs and the sight of diners enjoying meals at the outdoor patio help attract passersby, but so does the sound of live jazz emanating from the dining room. Solo pianists and ensembles aim to entertain patrons with soothing background melodies. Coupled with the sounds of spirited conversations, these performances help create a lively atmosphere where diners can comfortably enjoy a casual meal, a glass of wine, or an impromptu dance off.
In 1926, Henry Paynter purchased a patch of land, cleared it of pine trees and underbrush, and planted an orchard of fruit trees. He was only 19 years old, and since then, the harvest has sustained four generations of his family, who still own the Okanagan Valley orchards and run a charming fruit market on the original acreage of land.
The market, open from July through November, stocks freshly picked fruits at their prime—before they can make failed solo albums, such as I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Again. The market allows patrons to pick their own seasonally available fruit, as ripe plums, melons, squash, apples, cherries, zucchini, corn, and beets line the shelves, releasing fragrant aromas and inviting creative cooks to dream of jams, crumbles, and stews. The shop also stocks other local foodstuffs, including 26 flavours of Island Farms and Foothills Creamery ice cream, Basswood honey and Westbank Harvest apple juice.