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Gelateria Uli

541 S. Spring St.
downtown, CA 90013
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Michele Stueven


  • Mon.-Wed., noon-10 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., noon-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local Ingredients
  • Snack Food

Inspired by the diverse cuisines of Los Angeles, Uli Nasibova has created Gelateria Uli in the Spring Arcade building downtown and on Third Street in Beverly Grove. Her flavors are an interpretation and reflection of her adopted city — from ube jam–filled pastries in Historic Filipinotown, to black sesame buns in the San Gabriel Valley, to the abundance of Mexican food at every corner that inspired her best-selling jamaica agua fresca sorbet. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, Nasibova came to L.A. after graduating from college in Colorado. She embedded herself with local farmers like her favorite, Murray Family Farms, securing locally sourced ingredients to produce her mostly water-based gelati daily. Using spreadsheets to perfect her seasonal recipes, her small batches made from scratch include such flavors as grapefruit (my favorite), coconut lemongrass (inspired by years of dinners at Jitlada), Thai iced tea, California pistachio and persimmon sorbet. The textures are smooth without a hint of ice crystals. —Michele Stueven

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