(UPDATE:  Danieli’s Market is closed)

No doubt he would be thrilled with the Italian specialties available at gift-from-the-taste-bud-gods, Market Danieli on Main Street.

Market Danieli has quick become the deli and Italian specialty market of choice for anyone craving original, casual, uber-fresh Italian food.

“I wanted to create a unique shop that combines homemade Italian delicacies with a welcoming city flair,” stated Frank Danieli, owner.  “This store reflects who I am as a person and my love for our City by the Sea.”

Prior to moving to Asbury Park, Frank launched and operated a hugely successful restaurant, Danieli’s, in Montclair, New Jersey.

Today, Frank works ninety hours each week to serve amazing meals that our Olympic team would be ecstatic to devour.

Since hottie Michael Phelps was busy setting records, I spoke with some of Market Danieli’s more local fans.

On specialty sandwiches:

“Fantastic, fresh bread and good meats,” stated Ken Tyburski of Asbury Park.  “Bread always makes the difference in a great sandwich.”

On pasta salad:

“The Venitian Salad is fresh and flavorful without being overpowering or oozing mayonnaise,” stated Dan Tanzilli of New York City.  “The only thing wrong is that there is not more of it.”

On potato salad:

“It’s just so good,” Francoise Rothert of Asbury Park.  “We come back all the time.”

On rice balls:

“Take these rice balls to the beach and Danieli is like Palermo on the Jersey Shore,” continued Ken.

Prepared food specialties Frank tells me he can’t keep “in the house” – even for catering – include his rice balls – an outrageous blend of beef, peas Pecorino cheese and rice; Artichoke Oreganato; fried eggplant – with special Italian seasoning; chicken cutlets – made from scratch using the secret Danieli recipe; daily pasta specials and chocolate covered Cannolis – filled to order.

In addition to the home made meals at Danieli, the market is the exclusive distributor of two refreshing beverages:  Manhattan Special Espresso Soda – a great carbonated espresso served chilled and Pelligrino’s Aranciata – orange juice and carbonated spring water.

Market Danieli is your hungry stomach solution worthy of a Great Wall of gold medals.

Briefly:  Cheers to Gloss salon, on Lake Avenue, on its recent expansion – now offering a full-service nail salon including luxe mani’s and pedi’s for guys.