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Thursday, March 17 - 03:30 pm

Vita Nova

Fine Dining at UD

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.

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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 vitanova@udel.edu 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

Darden 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

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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