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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
    Neighborhood:
    Newark
  • 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/vita-nova
  • Phone: (302) 831-0500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 12:30pm Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Bistro Bar & Bistro Dining Room: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • 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, Smoking Area, 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% service charge). The four-course dinner price ranges from $30 to $42, which includes your choice of appetizer, choice of salad, intermezzo, entree selection, and dessert. The Bistro Bar and the Bistro Dining Room features various wines by the glass, a 3-course Theater Menu 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
  • "Outstanding service by future stars of the hospitality industry. The food was incredible, and the wine list plentiful. Be prepared to spend some money, but it is well worth it. You'll be walking away from the table very full after their 4 course dinner. Small and hidden gem at UDel, if you're a student and take a date there, you'll be in the running. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "After hearing all about Vita Nova for the past 4 years I was thrilled to eat there for the first time and was not disappointed. Everything that came out was absolutely delicious and was enjoyed thoroughly! The students were also so nice, helpful and patient with us. I was so impressed and would suggest that every student go at least once for the experience. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food is always consistent being of the highest quality. The menu changes from each school year. The service can be a bit off at times - the restaurant is part of the UD restaurant management program, and the students are still learning. Mr. Mayer is always there to make sure that things are running smoothly."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "A very enjoyable dinner from start to finish! The food was incredible!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. The student servers are very well trained. We have been going to Vita Nova at least two times a year for lunch. Every time the food buffet has been excellent. The salads and desserts are superb and it is hard to not over eat. We love it and plan to go more often and take friends with us. It is a special place we reserve for our special occasions."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was really excellent, as was the service. the staff was very friendly and mde us feel welcome. I had done lunch with a men's group adn evening meal with my wife. My wife really enjoyed the experience. I have recommended to many. The nicest place in a wide area, certainly in Del, Nj, and Pa."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My meal at Vita Nova was a great experience overall. I was excited to dine at a unique spot on campus where other students would be running the restaurant. The atmosphere was nice, the food was delicious, and the service was wonderful. Really glad that I was able to dine at this restaurant before my graduation from UD. Recommend that all students try to dine at Vita Nova if they have any special occasions to be celebrating."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "I came here with my family for my birthday last weekend, everything was wonderful. The staff were all friendly and knowledgable, the food was amazing and the dining room was just beautiful. The time between courses could've been shorter, in total we were there about 3 hours for 4 courses but other than that everything was impeccable. I'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "I love to come to this student run restaurant once a semester. For the great food and service the prices are more than fair. However, I think we went to early in the semester and the students were not on their game yet. The table captain kept having to run off and "check on that" when ever we asked a question. She took our order and left the menus on the table like it was her first day at Denny's.The worst mistake of the night was when 3 of us ordered the filet of beef and they came to the table way over done."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "The lunch buffet is definitely not your standard buffet. Food and service are always very good."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Overall a pleasant dining experience. The food was well prepared and presented. The student staff was friendly, attentive and eager to please the customer. At the end of the meal our lead wait person asked for feedback on what they could do to improve the dining experience. Upon leaving the maître d asked the same question. I could not identify any area that required improvement."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "I will not bore you with all the details of what a great dinner this was . The food was some of the best we have ever had. Make a reservation and be prepared for great culinary experience."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Our waitress, Abbey, was very nice - rather formal. Only thing, and thishappens EVERY time, there is a sour looking man wandering about - he NEVER smiles, he NEVER comes to the table to say hello. I don't know what his position is, but he dampens the atmosphere. A simple smile and friendly GREETING would go a LONG way!!! I feel like there is a big black crow floating over the entire proceedings, which, otherwise, would be quite nice."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "Vita Nova has amazing food and service. It is a student run restaurant at the University of Delaware, but don't let that turn you off of this fabulous eatery. The students are well trained and attentive. The wine list is extensive and moderately priced. The food is cooked to perfection and the bread is beyond expectations. The price is a steal for what you get; a four course dinner, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. I always leave full and happy and I look forward to going back soon."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "We have never been disappointed at Vita Nova. The food is always outstanding and unique. The dining area intimate and unhurried. But it is the pleasure given by the wait staff that sets Vita Nova apart from any other place we have dined. The enthusiasm, dedication to service, focus, and communication skills of the students puts Vita Nova on a 5-star level. We always leave not only well-fed but having spent a very pleasurable evening. Worth the planning it takes to get a reservation."
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "As always, the food at Vita Nova is outstanding. However, the service was a bit off during this visit. Mr. Mayer does an excellent job instructing the students in all areas of the hospitality industry. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/25/2013
  • "My fiancee' and I enjoyed our dinner as always. It's always fun speaking with the students who wait on us as well as enjoying the atmosphere and food. Thanks."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "Very formal service and imaginative and delicious food. The appetizer and dessert trios were especially attractive and novel. The wait staff were friendly and engaging. Will go there again."
    Dined on 4/18/2013
  • "Vita Nova continues to be a Delaware best-kept secret. Food is outstanding and service is unlike any anywhere. Foo d preparaton and presentaton is unlike most, if not all, in Delaware. The food choice are always different and interesting and excellently prepared"
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "An excellent dining experience. The food was wonderful. the student staff was professional and knowledgeable. Can't say enough. Have already recommeded Vita Nova to friends and family."
    Dined on 3/20/2013