Vita Nova is the University of Delaware’s student-operated gourmet restaurant, offering an award-winning lunch buffet Monday through Friday and elegant four-course dining Wednesday through Friday.
The more casual Darden 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.
Vita Nova gift cards are now available online.
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 Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM).
Each student gets a diverse educational experience by rotating through 17 different positions both in the front of the house and in the kitchen.
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.
Hours and Reservations
We are now accepting reservations for fall semester 2016. Please call 302-831-0500, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form at the left to make your reservation.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
Reservations are not required for Vita Nova’s Darden Bistro, but you may reserve a table by calling 302-831-0500 or emailing email@example.com. (We do not accept online OpenTable reservations for the bistro.)
Dinner: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday