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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.

Trabant University Center-2nd floor 17 West Main Street
17 West Main Street
Newark, DE 19716
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
South College

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 831-0500

Website:
http://www.lerner.udel.edu/departments/hrim/vita-nova-restaurant

Parking Details:
The Trabant Garage is our covered parking structure--adjacent to restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Joe DiGregorio

Additional:
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 vitanova@udel.edu or call 302-831-0500 for more information.

Specials

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $32.00

Wednesdays - Fridays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Specials

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $32.00

Wednesdays - Fridays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Details

Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $32.00. Excludes Tax and Tip. Reservations accepted via phone 302-831-0500 and by e-mail to vitanova@udel.edu. Special valid Sep 6, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 on Wednesdays - Fridays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM.

Vita Nova - University of Delaware Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.7

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Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
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Great for Lunch (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Business Meals (16)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (8)
Romantic (8)
Casual (6)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, great service! You should advertise, as not many knows of your existence.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food and service is outstanding. Great experience. I was surprised at an extra charge for service.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This student run facility puts the competition to shame. Stellar service and tasty menu options. Bring cash for tipping though, as you cannot put the gratuity on a credit card.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Vita Nova. The food and service are excellent. The staff are very professional and personable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Outstanding food and service in a formal yet relaxed atmosphere with charming students who make every effort to make your dining experience memorable and fun.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

great place! we enjoyed the food and atmosphere. we went out on a lunch date. it is a good buffet selection.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

We had a lovely evening enjoying nice dinner. The service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent array of choices on the buffet...thoughtful service by the conscientious students

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fantastic food and customer service. Was not offered beverages or coffee and tea. But, was no problem when we asked for them. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We have been trying to get reservations there for a while, but timing never worked out. So glad we finally got to experience it. Great food, outstanding service, could not ask for more.!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

My husband and I went there for our 21st wedding anniversary because it was in the romantic category. It did not disappoint. The food was fabulous and the service was outstanding. We will definitely make reservations again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food, and an eager staff who did well, though clearly still in training (and some seemed a bit nervous in their roles).

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The Vita Nova has a great ambiance, perfect for a business lunch or special occasion. The lunch buffet was tasty and well prepared. The wait staff were very helpful and friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food was excellent as was the service. Nice atmosphere as well along with some great wines! First time at this restaurant and will definitely return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We enjoyed the food and attention. Our server Maya was friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Absolutely outstanding! Delicious food and excellent service.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had an excellent lunch with old friends. The food was great as was the service. And it was quiet enough that we could hear each other easily. Plus, no one rushed us out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Selection and quality of food for the price is great. Pork was a tough, but of all the times we have visited this is my favorite spot for a special lunch in Newark. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Amazing service and amazing food. Entirely student run. The students and instructors do an incredible job. Highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Our relative from England asks to go every year during her visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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!!

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

We liked the quality of the food and it is always a joy to watch the students in their various roles and to be served in an extremely attentive manner.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

A restaurant of sustained high quality food and thoughtful service. This has not wavered over the several years of my patronage

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Vita Nova is Newark's best kept secret! Go once and ypu will want to returm!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Love the food and was a good deal for the price of the restaurant

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Food was excellent, service was excellent, price was great. Thanks

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The food was outstanding, the service was impeccable and the ambiance was lovely. We enjoyed every minute. Kudos to the students and the professors!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We had an incredible experience. The service, food and ambience were out standing!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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