There actually was a Mancuso’s "table". It was part of the fabric of Italian-American life here in Houston . In 1896, Cologero Mancuso arrived in Houston from Alia, Sicily with his young wife and firstborn child. He was one of many Italians who settled in the area clustering in families of which there were several. The Mancuso’s owned property in the area which is now known as Post Oak. Like most immigrants, they made their livelihood off the land. They were farmers and dairymen. In Mancuso’s case, he was both.In those days, life was straightforward, simple and demanding, with the day starting with predawn milking of cows and making bread for breakfast.