Downtown News

Gelateria Uli Opens at Spring Arcade Building

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:00 am 

By Eddie Kim, Staff Writer 

The weather is starting to heat up, which makes it a good time to introduce Downtown’s newest purveyor of cold, creamy treats: Gelateria Uli.

The gelato shop opened this week in the arcade portion of the Spring Arcade Building, which stretches between Broadway and Spring Street, north of Sixth Street. It comes from Uli Nasibova, a Downtown resident, who says she began experimenting with gelato in her home about two years ago and became fascinated with the treat, eventually upgrading from a small home gelato maker to a commercial one.

“I was working in finance but was also thinking about opening a shop,” said Nasibova, whose husband and business partner is former Downtown News reporter Ryan Vaillancourt. “In the meantime I developed my gelato recipes and tweaked them over two years.”

Gelateria Uli offers 16 flavors every day, and options rotate several times a week. Classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate are always available, but Nasibova has also concocted more adventurous choices such as poblano and coconut lemongrass.


A single scoop runs $2.75, two scoops are $4.75 and three scoops are $5.75. The shop also offers coffee and espresso, the latter of which can be poured over a scoop affogato-style.

At 541 S. Spring St. or