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Vita Nova - University of Delaware
Vita Nova - University of Delaware
  • Address:
    Trabant University Center-2nd floor 17 West Main Street
    17 West Main Street
    Newark, DE 19716
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Vita Nova - University of Delaware Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lerner.udel.edu/departments/hrim/vitanova
  • Phone: (302) 831-0500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 12:30pm Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bistro: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm (reservations not required)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe DiGregorio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South College
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Trabant Garage is our covered parking structure--adjacent to restaurant.
A word from Vita Nova - University of Delaware
Vita Nova is the signature student operated restaurant which is part of the Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management program at the University of Delaware. It features a "Best of Delaware" award winning buffet for lunch, fine dining for dinner, the Darden Bistro featuring light fare, & the Copeland Vinotek, a state-of-the-art, redwood-paneled wine cellar. The award winning lunch buffet is $14.95 (includes 12% gratuity). The five-course dinner price ranges from $26 to $39, which includes your choice of appetizer, choice of salad, intermezzo, entree selection, and dessert. The Darden Bistro features various wines by the glass and a small plates menu, for a light fare dining experience. This is the ideal spot for an impromptu gathering, as reservations are not required.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Mom and I had a great time at lunch. The food and service was terrific. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We plan on returning this coming Tuesday. We liked the smoked turkey breast and the Caesar salad, but we both agreed that the artichoke salad was the best. The atmosphere was a little more formal than we are used to, but that just made it feel like it was a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Friday night reservations are hard to get so it's been 3 yrs since our first visit, but well worth the wait. We were again very impressed with the meal; five star quality at a more moderate price point. The service wasn't quite on par with our first visit; still excellent but not quite superior. I had reserved a table for two but called earlier in the day to see if we could increase to four and was told they were fully booked and couldn't accomodate this request. No problem; however, throughout our meal I noted at least two tables large enough for four people with only two guests. Still, I look forward to returning again next semester!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have been going here for yrs. On the upscale, mod-high end of the price range, but so much fun to see the students fulfill their duties. Great to chat w/them and learn of their ambitions. Food is always superb! Atmosphere elegant - strives to be a 4-5 star restaurant and hits the mark!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This was my first time dining in at the Vita Nova and the experience was more than I expected. I have a nut allergy and everyone went beyond the normal call-of-duty to ensure my visit was a pleasant one. I also have already spread the good news about the restaurant and plan to return myself one day in the near future."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "As we sat in the comfortable chairs and the music played so softly in the back ground you could easily hold a conversation. The lettuce salad was so tasty, while the roasted vegetables were scrumptious. Everyone enjoyed the chicken parmesan and the sliced turkey was superb! The desserts all looked amazing. Everyone in our party enjoyed the crème brŭlee, which was delicious! This was just the perfect way to complete our dining experience and celebrate a birthday."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "As you may know, the staff are students. It becomes immediately clear that they are learning and stretching themselves. Plenty of seams showing, but it's delightful to watch as they try to please, which they indeed do enthusiastically. Go with an open mind and a willing attitude. Be part of the exercise and have fun with it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We recently dined at Vita Nova and invited another couple to join us. Dinner was fantastic. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The students who served us showed remarkable skills despite the short time they had been training. We all 4 ordered different entrees. The presentation on each was great, and the quality of the food was terrific. The wine suggested by the sommelier was delicious. The only opportunity was that one person in our group ordered filet mignon medium well and it was served medium rare. We can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is one of our favorites for a night out to experience 5 star dining at a reasonable price. Its a unique experience since all the servers are U of D students working on their degrees in restaurant management. Its gives you a renewed faith in our youth when you observe their professionalism and work ethic. They are certainly working hard at learning their trade and its fun to discuss their futures with them and what they plan to do after graduation. The atmosphere is first rate and the food is really good so you can't go wrong with a meal at Vita Nova. They are only open a couple nights a week and only during the school semesters so be sure to reserve early for a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was a gift for my family and it turned to be as special as I had hoped."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My friends and I met at Vita Nova for lunch to celebrate our birthdays. We all enjoyed the experience very much. We would come more often but it is difficult to get a reservation. Vita Nova is always booked."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Wonderful experience, the service and food are incredible"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The lunch buffet is definitely not your standard buffet. Food and service are always very good."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "My group of 3 had a very enjoyable lunch with excellent service and delicious food at a very reasonable price. Highly recommend Vita Nova"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "From the moment we arrived, we were treated in a way that made us feel special. We were greeted by name. Our table was ready. The waiter answered all of our questions. The beverage person seemed knowledgable. Both of our entrees were delicious as well as our deserts. The price was what we expected. We enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a fine dining experience at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "One of the best meals we have ever had. Service was spectacular. Students did a fantastic job in all positions."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Once again, we really enjoyed the experience from the quality of the food to the service by the students. We will do it again."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Exclude the fire alarm chasing us from the dining room - twice - it was an excellent dining experience. Food and service were outstanding. I'll have to try it on a less exciting day again."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Always an enjoyable experience. We like to support the University and students."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "We had a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Best Caesar Salad ever! Service and food were excellent and the entire staff made us feel very welcome and special! I highly recommend stopping by Vita Nova!!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Vita Nova is an excellent restaurant that not only has delicious food, but very attentive service. A must when in Delaware!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Vita Nova was fabulous. The food was delicious, the service was excellent as well. I have already recommended it as a lunch spot to 5 of my friends."
    Dined on 10/9/2013