'The old downtown Spring Arcade Building houses one of the best gelato shop in Los Angeles. All the gelato are made in house with premium ingredients. Their Pistachio was smooth and buttery with a great contrast of rich nuttiness to it. I believe they used Sicilian pistachio nuts. The Strawberry Sorbet was clean and refreshing. This particular flavor is definitely something perfect to have after a heavy meal, almost as a palette cleanser.

Gelato is similar but different from ice cream in that it has both less fat and air – whipped into its final product. Because of this it is typically served at a slightly warmer temperature. This also make Gelato more palette-able on the tongue, less shocking. It will melt and dissolve in your mouth.

In an area of downtown Los Angeles that is being revitalized, Gelateria Uli is a great addition to draw the crowds. Their premium gelato is executed with great attention and care, I would definitely come back for more.' More pictures at

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LA Times - 5 Wacky Ice Cream Flavors to Try Now: Beet Tarragon Gelato, Anyone?


                                                                                                                                                                               photo by Betty Hallock

By Steph Cha - Beet tarragon gelato at Gelateria Uli: Beets have such nice color it’s kind of a wonder they aren’t more present in ice cream. It’s possible that despite their sweetness, their rooty, earthy flavor doesn’t translate that well into dessert. Well, Uli figured it out. I’m not sure what black magic takes beet and tarragon and makes it wonderful as gelato, but this stuff is both memorable and delicious. 541 S. Spring St., Suite 104, Los Angeles, (213) 900-4717, Full story.

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PRESS: The 13 Best Artisan Ice Cream Shops in Los Angeles

Thrillist article:


"This recently opened Downtown joint slings gelato so smooth and creamy, it could pass for ice cream... so we're gonna let it. They’ve got all the classic gelato profiles -- dark chocolate, pistachio, stracciatella -- plus a cinnamon-y speculoos flavor that comes with a satisfying cookie crunch."

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PRESS: CBS - Best gelato in Los Angeles


The décor of Gelateria Uli may seem a bit minimalist for a café, but the gelato is full of rich flavor. This spot only offers 16 flavors at a time with the staples always included in the rotation. Gelateria Uli boasts of unique flavors like bee pollen, coconut lemongrass, basil and olive oil and other adventurous flavors in the works. It is constantly looking to expand the flavor boundaries and is requesting suggestions from customers. If your suggestion actually tastes good and Gelateria Uli uses it, you’ll get a free pint of it.

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CNN Eatocracy - The Country's Coolest New Ice Cream Shops


Food & Wine Restaurant Editor Kate Krader compiled a list of the best new ice cream joints in the US. We're honored to have been included, and to rep L.A. Here's what she wrote:

"In the gorgeous 1920s Spring Arcade Building in downtown L.A., this new gelateria serves 16 rotating flavors daily with options that tend toward the inspired like the shortbread cookie–flavored Speculoos and Coconut Lemongrass. You can check out a more complete list on their website, which is also the place to request a flavor you’d love to see them make."

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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.”

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Eater LA

Gelateria Uli Scoops Within Downtown LA


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Zagat Guide

5 New Restaurants to Try in LA This Weekend: Seafood in the Valley, More

By Lesley Balla

Downtown LA: The Spring Arcade welcomes Gelateria Uli, a new shop for frozen treats made by Uli Nasibova, a self-taught gelato maker. Look for flavors like pistachio, salted caramel, poblano, coconut lemongrass, raspberry sorbet, chocolate sorbet and strawberry sorbet on the regularly changing menu (541 S. Spring St.)

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KCRW Fault Lines - Madeleine Brand


Downtown Los Angeles is on the way up. GQ magazine recently called it the coolest downtown in America, and the New York Times announced that it was one of the 52 places to visit in 2014. To which we here in Los Angeles reply: duh. Cool restaurants, hip bars, fresh art galleries… What’s not to love?

Not so long ago, downtown looked a whole lot different. And even still, downtown’s got one of the lowest median incomes in the city. But with new, more affluent residents moving in, the neighborhood’s on the upswing.

Look no further than the Spring Arcade Building for evidence. The gorgeous, Beaux-Arts shopping arcade was built in 1924 as an answer to the Parisian commerce cathedrals of the day. It’s got a sparkling glass atrium and ornate storefronts that bustled with shoulder-to-shoulder patrons back in the 20s. But times got tough downtown – businesses in the arcade catering to middle-class and high-end customers were replaced with swap-meet-style stalls with people hocking discount clothing, knock-off purses and cheap toys.

But just as the Spring Arcade Building tracked the down times, signs of downtown’s resurgence are popping up in the arcade. Click below to hear from a young couple opening a gelato shop and from one of the last swap meet holdouts in the building.


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