Joe DiGregorio is the executive chef at Vita Nova, the dining room operated by students in UD's Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Program in the Lerner College of Business and Economics. It is a premier classroom dedicated to educating hospitality professionals. "Vita Nova" in Latin signifies new life or a new beginning, which is appropriate since it is the last applied classroom experience for students before they begin new careers in the hospitality industry.
The gregarious DiGregorio has extensive experience preparing international specialties, including this delectable Mediterranean recipe, a Vita Nova favorite.
|Squid||1 1⁄2 pounds|
|Fresh lemon juice||2 tablespoons|
|Red wine vinegar||1 tablespoon|
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil||1⁄3 cup|
|Garlic clove, minced||1|
|Black pepper||1⁄2 teaspoon|
|Red onion, thinly sliced||1⁄2|
|Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise||1 cup|
|Grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise||2 cups|
|Celery, 1⁄4- inch dice||2 ribs|
|Fresh, chopped parsley||1⁄4|