Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Vita Nova Restaurant

Click on the image to see our video! Then, step into the Vita Nova Renovation...

The students in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management welcome you to our Vita Nova dining room. "Vita Nova" in Latin signifies new life or a new beginning. It is appropriate for our evening dining operation since it is the last applied classroom experience for our students prior to beginning a new life in the hospitality business.

The food and service for your dining experience is the responsibility of students who rotate each day through 17 different positions. The person making your salad tonight could be the Manager of the Day or Team Captain tomorrow. There are also students you don't see in the kitchen cooking, baking and evaluating the previous day's operation. This process ensures each student a controlled educational experience in both management and skill-level assignments. The hospitality industry values students who have applied their theoretical knowledge in a hands-on environment. This premier classroom is dedicated to educating tomorrow's hospitality professionals.

To learn more about Vita Nova, please visit us on Facebook and view the most recent video

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Seating Times

 

Lunch: 11:30am - 12:30pm Monday through Friday Dinner: 5:30pm - 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday

We are accepting reservations for the Spring semester.  Please send your reservation request to vitanova@udel.edu.  Vita Nova will reopen for lunch on Monday, February 16 and dinner on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Please note: Reservations are not required for the Darden Bistro. Hours of Operation for the Darden Bistro: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

Location

2nd Floor - Trabant University Center, 17 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19716.

Directions

Directions to Vita Nova By Car from the North: Take I-95 South to Delaware Exit 1B, Route 896 North. Continue past Delaware Stadium to campus. At the fifth light, turn left onto Main Street. The entrance to the parking garage is on the left. The Trabant University Center is next to the garage. Vita Nova is located on the second floor in the Trabant University Center.

By Car from the South: Take I-95 North to the 896 North exit. Continue past Delaware Stadium to campus. At the fifth light, turn left onto Main Street. The entrance to the parking garage is on the left. The Trabant University Center is next to the garage. Vita Nova is located on the second floor in the Trabant University Center.

Phone Number

(302) 831-0500 - Reservations are required.
You may make a reservation by e-mail:  vitanova@udel.edu

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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