Vita Nova is the University of Delaware’s student-operated fine dining restaurant. During the spring 2021 semester, our Hospitality Business Management students are pleased to offer gourmet lunch and dinner meals to go.

Vita Nova To Go


When you arrive at the Trabant University Center, 17 W. Main St. in Newark, one of our students will be there to greet you and coordinate delivery.  Note:  Please pull into the drive between the Trabant Center and the Parking Garage and make the left into the circle.  See you soon!

If you have any questions about our online ordering system or questions about the to-go menu, please email us at or call us at 302-831-0500.

Gift Cards and Cookbook

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

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  • Vita Nova To Go - UD’s student-operated and managed restaurant Vita Nova offers gourmet meals to go this spring. Orders can be placed between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for lunch service and between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday for dinner service.
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  • Spring 2020 Openings at Vita Nova - UD’s student-operated and managed fine dining restaurant is now accepting reservations for the Spring 2020 season.

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 and Sport 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.