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About Vita Nova - University of Delaware
Vita Nova is the signature student-operated restaurant which is part of the Hospitality Business Management program at the University of Delaware. It features a "Best of Delaware" award winning lunch buffet Mon-Fri and elegant fine dining Wed-Fri during the fall and spring semesters. For lunch, the students offer fresh, local dishes including gourmet salads, soups, pastas, entrees, fire-roasted paninis, flatbreads, cheese board and mini sweets. The five-course dinner begins with a fusion-inspired appetizer trio and choice of salad, followed by intermezzo and your choice of entrée cooked in our newly-renovated show kitchen. The evening ends on a sweet note with a decadent dessert trio. Vita Nova offers an extensive beverage selection including 20 wines by the glass, local beer and espresso drinks. The hospitality students also manage the Vita Nova Bistro, a more casual dining experience featuring an innovative small plate menu and a 3-course Theater Menu.
17 West Main Street
Newark, DE 19716
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Trabant Garage is our covered parking structure--adjacent to restaurant.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Vita Nova hosts Special Events on a limited bases during normal business hours, including cocktail receptions, meetings, lunches and dinners. The max capacity in the Vita Nova dining room is 40 guests and in the Bistro Room is 24 guests. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-831-0500 for more information.
Vita Nova - University of Delaware Ratings and Reviews
Vita Nova is one of our favorite restaurants, and may be the best restaurant in Newark. Food is excellent, good choices, good wine list and an excellent value. When you realize that the waitstaff are students and their restaurant service is actually a for-credit University of Delaware course it adds a whole new dimension to the dining experience. However, that also means the restaurant hours are limited to lunch five days a week and dinner Wed. - Fri. only during the academic semesters. So it can be difficult to get a reservation, but well worth the effort when you succeed!
This is our second visit and we were a little disappointed this time, keeping in mind, our first visit was perfection. This time, our service was slow and the servers were not as informed or as professional. Our appetizers were wonderful, the signature salad was great, the entrees especially the cobia were delicious, but the dessert trio was awful. Also, the cobbler should be served with ice cream not just for a party of 2.
Although, we will go again because overall it is a great experience thanks to the students.
What a terrific dining experience. The students were friendly, courteous, and great servers. The gourmet cuisine was flawless and enjoyed eating items I would usually not prepare for myself. Cant wait to return next semester to experience the Chef faculty plan for my palate! The nitro ice cream itself was worth the reservation!
My son treated me to a birthday dinner at Vita Nova, and it was a very pleasant experience.
The food was delicious, and beautifully presented. The menu was varied, with enough choices for different tastes; and the staff were willing to make modifications upon request. Service was appropriate for a leisurely dinner. The staff were cordial and attentive. I was presented with a special dessert plate due to my birthday.
I would love to see this operation in a larger space, as the dining area is a bit cramped, and the noise level from conversation of the guests is somewhat high.
Overall, an excellent operation, and good value for the quality of the food. I would certainly recommend it!
We frequently have dined at Vita Nova and have always been very satisfied but this visit was not up to par for the following reasons:
Table was improperly set with forks reversed (This is a culinary school)
Entrees included fish and pasta with rice and undercooked vegetables ...no meat but two starches
Dirty plates were not removed promptly when we went up to the buffet causing a lack of space for our plates when we returned (And we were the only people in the restaurant for the first 20 min. of our visit)
There was a soup cup on the buffet that was very dirty with cocoa or something similar
Coffee was not refilled without asking several times.
The food was tasty and the students polite but since this is a learning environment, we were surprised at the level of choices made compared to what we have experienced at Vita Nova before.
I went with my wife and daughter and we had a great dinner. It was a nice treat to have formal meal in the middle of Newark, DE.
The restaurant is actually a training facility for University of Delaware hospitality students. The food was excellent and the service was very accommodating. My daughter has some food allergies and our server was very willing to help her guide her choices and make adjustments to her order.
We will definitely go back.
Food was fresh and delicious. Cream of mushroom soup was rich but not overly thick. Excellent taste.
Salads were fresh and tossed greens had a nice tossing of dressing. Highlight of buffet was the salmon perfectly cooked with crunchy breadcrumbs. Popovers are always a treat. Mocha mousse and crime brûlée were wonderful. I would return in a minute!
Once again, my husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal that was expertly presented. No detail was overlooked, and we enjoyed each course of our meal, from the recommended wine to the cobia and black rice to the crême brulée. Thank you Vita Nova, staff! You never disappoint.
As usual (our third time eating here), we had a fabulous experience. Still my favorite restaurant in Delaware. Really. Servers are spot on - the way all restaurants should be. The food was wonderful - eclectic, but practical, flavorful, and scrumptious. Looking forward to my next visit.
My friends and I love meeting at Vita Nova. The food is always excellent, great choices to please everyone. Very clean and despite being in the student center, very quiet. The servers, who are students, are always very aware of what we need . My only negative on this visit was that our server was very soft spoken and we had a hard time understanding what she was saying despite us requesting her to speak up. But other than that, we loved it. Going back again next month and the month after.
We had a great dinner last week at Vita. Our daughter is a student in the hospitality program at Delaware so we wanted to visit while she was working the dinner shift. We enjoyed the tasting trio as a starter and appreciated that we could choose to have all 3 options or have a double or triple of the one(s) we wanted. Everything tasted delicious and was well presented. We ordered a wine from their reserve collection which was great and gave the wine steward who is also a student in the program a chance to learn how to decant a bottle of wine. We plan to go again in a couple of months.
We are so impressed. Our sever Odalys along with her assistant Jordan totally impressed. The other wait staff was just as impressive. Food was delicious, the presentation perfect. What a treat!! Best restaurant in this area and one of the best we have been in worldwide. Will be back soon!!
This restaurant is a hidden gem! Not only is the cuisine out of this world, but the service is beyond excellent! From the time you walk into Vita Nova, until the time you leave, you feel like you are a special guest. The wait staff shows a genuine appreciation for the food they are serving and the service they are providing to their guests. The entire team working toward providing you with not just a great meal but a great experience, makes sure the you are satisfied and happy throughout your entire dining experience. I would recommend Vita Nova without thinking twice to anyone interested in great service, great location, cozy ambiance and an excellent meal!
Thanks for the wonderful evening. Our table captain was fantastic.
The service was excellent. The food was fantastic and unique.
Staff was very attentive and were very accommodating. We appreciate the care and attention to our little guest, who had to fill in for a cancellation.
The recommended main course cobia (Caribbean are fish) was superb.
An extremely enjoyable evening for all in the party.
We love Vita Nova! As soon as we receive an email notifying us we can make reservations we do so, one each month if possible. The food is always excellent and the service is provided by earnest and friendly students who clearly are interested in meeting expectations. We have never been disappointed.
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