Vita Nova - University of Delaware

391 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary AmericanNewark
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What Diners Think

  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries


December 5, 2018

Vita Nova never fails to treat and feed you like royalty!


November 26, 2018

Vita nova is a wonderful dining experience. The students are very orofessional and go above and beyond to make you feel special. This is a 4 start restaurant for sure. I would recommend this establ...Read More


November 16, 2018

Excellent atmosphere, quiet and great for conversation. The buffet was clean and well-presented, although because of the way food was maintained on the buffet it may have lost some of its flavor an...Read More


November 15, 2018

Very nice for lunch or a romantic dinner, celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion.


November 9, 2018

We have had several visits ti Vita Nova and have always been very happy. Food was good, but not memorable. Service was horrible. We usually get students who take their " job" very seriously...I do...Read More


November 8, 2018

We enjoyed our lunch at Vita Nova. The kids were shy but very attentive and the food was outstanding.


November 2, 2018

Have been looking forward to dining at the Vita Nova. Loved the ambiance, service and food. Made reservations for lunch.


November 2, 2018

Everything was wonderful but I would advise to check your bill, we were charged for more wine than we had.


November 1, 2018

AMAZING EXPERIENCE. 10/10. food was amazing and staff was unbelievable.


November 1, 2018

From the chefs to the wait staff, they do a terrific job. Food is delicious with several choices and the wait staff is very efficient. They have been trained well!
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  • Phone Number:

    (302) 831-0500
  • Parking:

    Private Lot
    Effective 9/1/18, the Trabant parking garage changed to a license plate based system. The system uses an app called "PassportParking" that you can use to add time from your phone should this be necessary. For more information please visit We recommend estimating 3 hours for dinner & 2 hours for the lunch buffet and the bistro.
  • 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
  • Price:

    $31 to $50
  • Dining Style:

    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code:

    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef:

    Chef John Deflieze & Chef Joe DiGregorio
  • Description:

    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.
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