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

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

We are now accepting reservations. Please call 302-831-0500, email vitanova@udel.edu or use the reservation form.

  • First lunch will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
  • First dinner will be on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
  • Last day open is Thursday, Dec. 5.

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 for the Bistro may be made by phone or e-mail 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

Parking

The Trabant Parking Garage is adjacent to the Trabant Center and requires that you pay upon arrival and enter your license plate number. The PassportParking mobile app can also be used at the garage. For more information please visit the Parking Services website.

Menus

Gift Cards and Cookbook

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

Connect With Us

Special Events

Vita Nova’s Bistro Room, Demo Kitchen and Main Dining Room are available to rent for special events. Restaurant buyouts are also available for larger parties. For more information, or to book your event, please email us at vitanova@udel.edu.

News

  • Meeting Demands of the World’s Largest Industry - UD has announced a new four-year doctoral program in hospitality business analytics that will help prepare students to lead the hospitality industry using the latest data analytics technology.
  • Vita Nova Renovation Unveiled - President Assanis, Lerner College leadership and major donors to the project came together to celebrate the incredible updates to UD’s student-operated fine dining restaurant Vita Nova.
  • Vita Nova spring reservations - The University of Delaware’s student-operated restaurant Vita Nova offers fresh gourmet cuisine prepared and served by UD hospitality business management students.
  • UD’s Vita Nova restaurant welcomes a new chef - The University of Delaware’s student-operated restaurant Vita Nova is excited to welcome Chef John Deflieze
  • Vita Nova fall reservations - Vita Nova is now accepting fall reservations for all who are interested in this Blue Hen fine dining experience.

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 HOSP 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.