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Vita Nova is the University of Delaware’s student-operated fine-dining restaurant, offering an award-winning lunch buffet Monday through Friday and elegant four-course dining Wednesday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters.

The more casual Bistro offers a three-course theatre menu, a small plate menu, custom cocktails and an extensive wine selection.

Both dining rooms are located on the second floor of the Trabant University Center, 17 W. Main St. in Newark, Delaware.

Hours and Reservations

Vita Nova

Dining in Vita Nova is a University of Delaware tradition and an extraordinary dining experience. We are now accepting reservations for spring semester 2017. Please call 302-831-0500, email vitanova@udel.edu or use the reservation form.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday

Bistro

Reservations are not required for Vita Nova’s Darden Bistro, but you may reserve a table by calling 302-831-0500 or emailing vitanova@udel.edu. (We do not accept online OpenTable reservations for the bistro.)

Dinner: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday

Menus

Vita Nova Dinner Menu

SPRING TASTING MENU
The Vita Nova tasting menu includes an appetizer trio, artisan breads, salad, intermezzo, entrée and dessert.

APPETIZER TRIO

Grilled Skirt Steak: Thai melon salad, plantain, cilantro cream. (Gluten free.)

Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass: Coconut milk, tomato, soy, peanuts.

Roasted Crimini Mushroom Soup: Triple-cream Brie, thyme, garlic crostini.

SALADS

Vita Nova Signature Salad
Medley of greens with candied walnuts, jicama and mandarin oranges. Asiago cheese, toasted coconut, and tangerine vinaigrette. (Gluten free.)

Classic Caesar Salad
Traditionally prepared using Caesar Cardini’s original recipe, with a twist.

ENTRÉES

Pan-Roasted Arctic Char
Black rice, baby carrots, asparagus, beurre blanc. (Gluten free.)

Stuffed Breast of Chicken with Mission Figs and Almonds
Braised carrots, haricots verts, port wine reduction.

Sesame-Crusted Ahi
Soba noodles, snap peas, ginger vinaigrette.

Cabernet-Braised Short Rib of Beef
Buttermilk mashed potatoes, haricots verts, pan jus. (Gluten free.)

Red Lentil Risotto
Baby arugula, Pecorino Romano. (Gluten free.)

Pappardelle with Lamb Bolognese
Pesto Ricotta.

Maryland-Style Crab Cake
Wilted spinach, noodle squash, spicy remoulade.

Center Cut Filet Mignon
Hasselback potatoes, asparagus, sauce marchand de vin. (Served Russian style when ordering for two or more.)

DESSERTS
Vita Nova students offer a featured homemade dessert sampler as part of the tasting menu, or other desserts upon request.

Dessert Sampler

Pear-Almond Gateaux: Sliced pears, almond crust.

Chocolate Silk: Rich chocolate, fresh strawberries.

Lemon Tart: Lemon curd, flaky crust.

Nitro Ice Cream
Tableside nitrogen-churned vanilla bean ice cream with strawberry compote and dried pineapple.

Seasonal Berries & Fruit
Seasonal berries and fruits with homemade sorbet. (Gluten free.)

Vita Nova Crème Brûlée
Vanilla custard garnished with fresh fruit. (Gluten free.)

The Bistro A La Carte Menu

STARTERS

Appetizer Trio

Grilled Skirt Steak: Thai melon salad, plantain, cilantro cream. (Gluten free.)

Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass: Coconut milk, tomato, soy, peanuts.

Roasted Crimini Mushroom Soup: Triple-cream Brie, thyme, garlic crostini.

Cheese Plate
Five artisan cheeses, nuts, quince paste, melba toast.

Cabrales (Spain): Made in the artisan tradition by rural farmers in the north of Spain. This blue-veined cheese is a blend of cow, goat and sheep’s milk lending to its spicy yet creamy nuances.

Pierre Robert (France): From the Champagne region of France, this triple cream brie-style cheese is rich and buttery with a tangy finish.

Cypress Grove “Purple Haze” Chevre (California): From California’s northern Humboldt County, a perfect mixture of lavender and fennel pollen gives this goat cheese its addicting flavor.

Cahill’s Porter Cheddar (Ireland): An Irish farmhouse cheddar aged with Irish porter beer.

Cave-Aged Gruyere (Switzerland): This alpine classic is a firm cow’s milk cheese with a nutty flavor and hints of toffee and toast.

SALADS

Vita Nova Signature Salad
Medley of greens with candied walnuts, jicama and mandarin oranges. Asiago cheese, toasted coconut, and tangerine vinaigrette. (Gluten free.)

Classic Caesar Salad
Traditionally prepared using Caesar Cardini’s original recipe, with a twist.

SMALL PLATES

Pan-Roasted Arctic Char
Black rice, baby carrots, asparagus, beurre blanc. (Gluten free.)

Red Lentil Risotto
Baby arugula, Pecorino Romano. (Gluten free.)

Pappardelle with Lamb Bolognese
Pesto Ricotta.

Sesame-Crusted Ahi
Soba noodles, snap peas, ginger vinaigrette.

Center-Cut Filet Mignon
Hasselback potatoes, asparagus, sauce marchand de vin.

DESSERT

Dessert Sampler

Pear-Almond Gateaux: Sliced pears, almond crust.

Chocolate Silk: Rich chocolate, fresh strawberries.

Lemon Tart: Lemon curd, flaky crust.

Seasonal Fruits or Crème Brûlée available upon request.

Theatre Menu

ACT 1: YOUR CHOICE OF:

Appetizer Trio

Grilled Skirt Steak: Thai melon salad, plantain, cilantro cream. (Gluten free.)

Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass: Coconut milk, tomato, soy, peanuts.

Roasted Crimini Mushroom Soup: Triple-cream Brie, thyme, garlic crostini.

Vita Nova Signature Salad
Medley of greens with candied walnuts, jicama and mandarin oranges. Asiago cheese, toasted coconut, and tangerine vinaigrette. (Gluten free.)

Classic Caesar Salad
Traditionally prepared using Caesar Cardini’s original recipe, with a twist.

ACT 2: YOUR CHOICE OF:

Pan Roasted Arctic Char
Black rice, baby carrots, asparagus, beurre blanc.

Red Lentil Risotto
Baby arugula, Pecorino Romano.

Center Cut Filet Mignon
Hasselback potatoes, asparagus, sauce marchand de vin.

GRAND FINALE: DESSERT SAMPLER:

Pear-Almond Gateaux: Sliced pears, almond crust.

Chocolate Silk: Rich chocolate, fresh strawberries.

Lemon Tart: Lemon curd, flaky crust.

Lunch Menu


The menu for our lunch buffet changes weekly. Please visit our Facebook page for the current menu.

Gift Cards and Cookbook

Vita Nova gift cards and 20th Anniversary Cookbook are now available for purchase online.

Connect With Us


A Learning Laboratory

The hospitality industry values students who have applied their knowledge in hands-on environments. Vita Nova serves as a learning laboratory for students in the Lerner College’s Department of Hospitality Business Management.

Each student gets a diverse educational experience by rotating through 17 different positions both in the dining room and in the kitchen. Students gain invaluable culinary, service and management experience in this learning lab.

In Latin, “vita nova” means “new life” or a new beginning, a particularly appropriate name since Vita Nova is the last applied classroom experience for each HRIM student before beginning a new life in the hospitality business.

Aramark Scholars

Each semester, students are selected for a unique internship experience, in which they are Student Managers at Vita Nova.

Aramark Scholars are made possible by a generous gift from Aramark Educational Services, LLC.

Fall 2016 Aramark Scholars

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Victoria Bailor

Class of 2017
Hockessin, Delaware
Dinner – Back of House
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Maya Goldstein

Class of 2018
Potomac, Maryland
Lunch – Back of House
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Michael Baumohl

Class of 2018
Owings Mills, Maryland
Lunch – Back of House
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David Jeong

Class of 2017
Newark, Delaware
Lunch – Back of House
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Jonathan Cavaliere

Class of 2018
Colts Neck, New Jersey
Lunch – Front of House
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Jamie Montgomery

Class of 2019
Wilmington, Delaware
Dinner – Front of House
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Kristel Cielo

Class of 2017
Wilmington, Delaware
Dinner – Front of House
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Michael Schietroma

Class of 2017
Newark, Delaware
Dinner – Front of House
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Sarah Gewirtz
Class of 2018
Melville, New York
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Sarah Zug

Class of 2017
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Dinner – Front of House