In North America, we tend to let our hectic pace force us to ignore our body’s internal clock, while Mediterranean and Latin American countries have respected these natural biorhythms with a traditional afternoon business shutdown. You may be familiar with the term “siesta”, which is called “riposo” in Italy. Now Kelowna’s slice of Italy, The Italian Table, which from its beginning encouraged you to gather the whole family to spend time together and relish in classic favourites from the ‘Nonna (Italian Grandmother) approved’ menu, brings you Riposo Hour. As explained on the “travel beyond vacations” website, “During riposo, most museums, churches, shops, businesses–just about everything except restaurants–lower the shutters and lock the doors so that proprietors can either go home (or head to a local trattoria) for a long lunch and perhaps a snooze during the day’s hottest hours.” The great patio at The Italian Table presents a perfect setting to take a page from Italian lifestyle and is home to Riposo Hour, daily from 2 to 5 pm and ALL day Sunday.

Bedecked in Eurostyle patio furniture and colourful garden accents, here you can lounge as you recharge your natural clock, snacking on charcuterie, cheese & antipasto boards for only $10. Sip on $5 Sangria or $5 Peroni–the best selling beer in Italy and a classic symbol of Italian way of life. Select any “specialty” cocktail from the menu for $2 off or tickle your taste buds with $7 Prosecco. Ah, settle in, relax, it truly is “La Dolce Vita”–the good life in the Okanagan! Learn more at and follow The Italian Table on Twitter @ItalianTable1 or

~ Roslyne Buchanan