World Famous Dive Bar in South Philly to new Festival for Padre Pio during this Year of Mercy in Bucks County ~ Lou ‘Capp’ & Monsignor Marine

From South Philly to Bucks County, this episode introduces you to Reverend Monsignor John C. Marine of St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, PA. Pastor since 2005, the parish was founded in 1965 by Cardinal John Krol, to serve the Catholics in Northampton Township, and beyond that now includes a parish consisting of almost 3,200 households and 11,000 registered parishioners. 

With Ciao Bella being blessed to share Padre Pio stories with the Calandras of The National Center for Padre Pio and miracle blessed, Paul Walsh and Frank Tenaglia, we’re proud to help Monsignor promote their first ever Padre Pio Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 26, 2016
on the grounds of St. Bede the Venerable Church Holland, PA.                                     For more info here’s a web site.

On the local scene in South Philly, how exciting to meet Passyunk Avenue legend, Lou Capp, owner of Ray’s Birthday Bar when he visited the set of Ciao Bella Living Italian Style for an interview.

Opening in 1938, Anthony “Ray” Capozzoli, opened the “saloon” and dedicated his life to greeting everyone who stepped though the door with “Happy Birthday!” Son Lou now carries on the tradition over 75 years later.  Still living on site and receiving local and international acclaim as a ‘Dive Bar’, Lou first thought it was a ‘put down’.  Not anymore! With a segment produced for Anthony Bourdain’s Layover, a Philadelphia Magazine story praising Dive Bars and usually being in the Top 10 ratings of Dive Bars in the Country, Lou’s Rage Band, he plays Sax appearing occasionally, should be a stop on your list. And, be on the look out for his testimonial promotional TV spot for Temple Lung Center, a COPD survivor, he thanks them for keeping him enjoying life.

Catering to every walk of life, from Shift workers who can celebrate at Birthday Ray’s in the early hours when we’re getting up to Baby Boomers enjoying the rare appearances of his “Rage Band”. With a saxophone music case showing miles travelled for his love of music, enjoy listening to his stories.

Both Italian American men have a huge sense of community and are a treasure to our heritage and culture both in Italy and the United States.

Enjoy their stories, presenting Lou Capp & Monsignor Marine …. Ciao Bella !

Fun shots in the studio with technical wiz Brian, Radnor Studio 21 General Manager George Strimel and Ciao Bella Productions Associate Rae Grossi.