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Vita Nova offers a gourmet buffet lunch Monday through Friday and elegant four-course dinner Wednesday through Friday.

Vita Nova fall reservations

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UD’s student-operated Vita Nova restaurant accepting fall reservations

The University of Delaware’s student-operated restaurant Vita Nova offers fresh gourmet cuisine prepared and served by UD hospitality business management students. As one of the items on the #UDbucketlist, dining at Vita Nova is considered a classic and unique UD tradition.

Vita Nova is now accepting fall reservations for all who are interested in this Blue Hen fine dining experience.

Located on the second floor of the Trabant University Center, Vita Nova will open for lunch starting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and for dinner starting on Wednesday, Sept 6.   

The restaurant offers a gourmet buffet lunch Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. and elegant four-course dining Wednesday-Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Also on the second floor of the Trabant University Center, the Vita Nova Bistro offers a casual dining experience Wednesday-Friday from 5:30 p.m., including a three-course menu for guests attending performances on campus, a small plate menu and extensive beverage selections.

This semester, the bistro will collaborate with a number of UD art and music students to entertain guests for events like Theatre Nights, the Vita Nova Live concert dinner series and a special Art Exhibit in the bistro.

Other unique events happening this semester include the Cookbook Dinner, during which chefs and students will prepare a five-course dinner featuring recipes from the new Vita Nova 20th Anniversary cookbook. Each course is paired with hand-selected wines and stories from Vita Nova’s kitchen, and every guest will receive a signed copy of the cookbook.

For reservations, call 302-831-0500, email vitanova@udel.edu or visit Vita Nova online. Vita Nova lunch menus are posted weekly during the semester on the Vita Nova Facebook page, along with information about upcoming events and dinner menus.

 About Vita Nova

The Vita Nova restaurant lab is dedicated to educating tomorrow's hospitality business management professionals and is part of the Department of Hospitality Business Management in UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics

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