We had the good fortune of connecting with Uli Nasibova and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Uli, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I always admired brave people who went out on their own and started their own businesses on their own terms. I had my a-ha moment when I simultaneously discovered my love for consuming gelato and no options in my beloved neighborhood of Downtown LA. I dove headfirst into recipe formulation where I had another surprise – I was actually pretty good at it. It’s not that all of my recipes were a huge success right away – I had the patience and the food chemistry know-how to formulate the right taste and texture. 

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am an immigrant and Gelateria Uli is my American dream. I created this company from scratch, completely on my own terms. I knew from the beginning that before I did anything, my product had to be excellent. So, when I was formulating my recipes, I spent a lot of time thinking about sourcing my ingredients from local Southern California farms. Eight years into the founding of my company, and my goal remains the same – my darndest to bring the best product to my consumer. Also, I wanted my gelato reflect the cultural diversity of America. Gelato tradition is originally Italian and I do formulate my ice cream the Italian way, but I wanted the underlying flavors to reflect not just the timeless classics, but also the palette of Los Angeles in particular – horchata gelato, coconut lemongrass sorbet, black sesame. etc.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am forever a fan of Josef Centeno. While the pandemic took my beloved Baco Mercat from me, I still have my second favorite – Bar Ama. Nothing encapsulates the creativity and the melting pot of Los Angeles’ food scene as Josef’s creations. I have taken and will continue to drag anyone I know to Bar Ama. My other most favorite place in Los Angeles are the Huntington Gardens. Nature’s beauty and bounty are on full display. This magical place reminds me to slow down and to enjoy our beautiful world.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this story to Vicente Nava, my employee at Gelateria Uli since day one, who is a huge source of inspiration for me. Employees like Vinny, inspire me to keep going no matter how difficult this pandemic has been!

Website: www.gelateriauli.com
Instagram: gelateriauli
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gelateria-uli-llc
Twitter: gelateriauli
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gelateriauli/
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/gelateria-uli-los-angeles AND https://www.yelp.com/biz/gelateria-uli-los-angeles-4

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