Vita Nova - University of Delaware

4.8
421 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Vita Nova is the signature student-operated restaurant which is part of the Hospitality Business Management program at the University of Delaware. It features a "Best of Delaware" award winning lunch buffet Mon-Fri and elegant fine dining Wed-Fri during the fall and spring semesters. For lunch, the students offer fresh, local dishes including gourmet salads, soups, pastas, entrees, fire-roasted paninis, flatbreads, cheese board and mini sweets. The five-course dinner begins with a fusion-inspired appetizer trio and choice of salad, followed by intermezzo and your choice of entrée cooked in our newly-renovated show kitchen. The evening ends on a sweet note with a decadent dessert trio. Vita Nova offers an extensive beverage selection including 20 wines by the glass, local beer and espresso drinks. The hospitality students also manage the Vita Nova Bistro, a more casual dining experience featuring an innovative small plate menu and a 3-course Theater Menu.
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SM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner cost is high, but the service and the flavor more than made up for it. I will definitely be coming for lunch again, which the cost better suits me.

My daughter graduates this year and has nothing but good things to say about the people involved in Vita Nova. Thank you.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tipping students should be allowed and encouraged.

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K
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just graduated from UD last May but this was my first time at Vita Nova! I had always heard such good things about it but never found a time to go when I was in school. But I can honestly say tonight surpassed all expectations! Every course of food was delicious and beautiful, and the service was amazing and friendly. Definitely a good meal to treat yourself with!

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JE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great afternoon with great food, great service and a spotless table setting. Such a pleasure to take friends there knowing everything will be perfect. Praises to the faculty for showing these students proper serving and cooking techniques.

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BB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food selection, preparation and presentation.

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RG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fabulous - so many good things on the buffet. A lot of choices! The restaurant is so pleasant. Staff was friendly and helpful. Our waiter was nice, but I think he had a little trouble understanding English. Twice he had to go ask someone to answer a very simple question we asked. He had an unusual name, Asian I believe, so I don't remember. Service was good, although he didn't check back with us very often. He perhaps shouldn't be a waiter until he is better with understanding English. But overall, this first visit to Vita Nova was wonderful! We had heard so many great things about this place and it lived up to the good reviews. We will certainly be back again for lunch and then maybe dinner! Thanks for a great dining experience!!

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c
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the first time for the three friends that I brought and they just loved it they want to recommend it to other people so keep on cooking

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emily was our server and she did an outstanding job....very impressive. Thank you for such a great experience.

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AB
Philadelphia
141 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our first time at Vita Nova. It came highly recommended and we were not disappointed.
The meal was fantastic. Everything was perfectly prepared and extremely well presented by Samantha, Amanda and the rest of the student staff. In particular we enjoyed the ahi tuna & pine nut appetizer and the fantastic diver scallops, although the whole meal was delicious.
Be prepared for a wonderfully leisurely dining experience, with nobody rushing you out of the door to turn tables. We were there for about two hours, and we never felt that we were kept waiting for anything.
Special thanks to Nick and Venka who oversee the operation of this restaurant, and who are both exceedingly experienced and charming. Keep up the good work!
We will be back with friends for the Fall Semester.
Highly recommended. Book well in advance.

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LP
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu was lacking in protein-rich vegetarian options.

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w
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. We love Vita Nova so much we go there for lunch each month they are open.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have heard rave reviews about Vita Nova and we were not disappointed. A true fine dining experience. The food and service was perfect. You have to book far in advance but we were completely satisfied.

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D
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. The kids are doing a great job!

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T
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. We had been trying to get reservations for some time. Glad we went. A must try!

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TB
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always, FIRST CLASS. Thank you for teaching excellence.

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PM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my elderly parents for lunch at Vita Nova. The staff were very kind to seat us in a location that was easy for my father, who uses a walker, to get to. There was a nice selection of food at the buffet. I had a chicken dish that was very good. Favorite items also included the English popovers and the selection of desserts. It is so much more fun to try small quantities of a number of different desserts than just one dessert. Thank you Vita Nova for a lovely lunch at a very reasonable cost.

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AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I’ve been here it has been outstanding in every way. The food and service are always excellent !

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IB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It is a beautiful restaurant, but the food is bland and lukewarm.

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WA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wanted to come here when I was a student. I waited too long. We had such a great time. The food was fantastic and everyone was so nice and professional. Thank you for everything.

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FS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and attentive service. Highly recommend . Never disappoints

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AR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met our senior!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is absolutely excellent. Small, appropriately sized portions. Service had quite a few hiccups, for example drinks sitting empty for 10+ minutes. Also poured some of my beer on the table, then took what was left in the bottle away instead of leaving it. I chalk this up to it being nervous and inexperienced students. Unique experience, will go again.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is a hidden gem. Run by students with professors overseeing every detail from food prep to service, the experience is a treat. The open kitchen let’s you see the students hard at work preparing every detail of the meal. Greeters and wait staff make sure that water glasses are filled at all times, plates are cleared and inform you when your next course is coming. A sommelier describes the nights wine on hand, giving information about the origin and distinct hints of flavor.

This is a place that truly is one of the best and could compete against any fine restaurant in New York City.

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DC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner once again. I love coming here and bringing my out of town quests for this fabulous treat!

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DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had wonderful dining experience! Part of the fun is interacting with the students who are in training.

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t
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great experience. The students were amazing.

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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was the first night they were opened for Spring semester. Food was delicious and service was great. Presentation was spectacular! It was surely a dining experience! We had to keep asking for more water. Maybe a pitcher could be left on the table? Other then that we had a wonderful experience and will surely be back for years to come!

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going there for years to celebrate special occassions and it continues to be an excellent choice.

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w
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at the Vita Nova lunch buffet and have never been disappointed. The food, service, and atmosphere are always wonderful.

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AR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dining experience. Definitely want to plan another evening there!

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BP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vita Nova never fails to treat and feed you like royalty!

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J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Vita nova is a wonderful dining experience. The students are very orofessional and go above and beyond to make you feel special. This is a 4 start restaurant for sure. I would recommend this establishment to anyone.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere, quiet and great for conversation. The buffet was clean and well-presented, although because of the way food was maintained on the buffet it may have lost some of its flavor and texture. There was a wide selection of dishes to chose from, with something for everyone's tastes. Our waiter Huang was very attentive and professional. Overall, Vita Nova was an excellent choice for celebrating a special occasion.

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice for lunch or a romantic dinner, celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion.

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p
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We have had several visits ti Vita Nova and have always been very happy. Food was good, but not memorable. Service was horrible. We usually get students who take their " job" very seriously...I don't even mind that they may be a lil nervous. This group seemed to think it was a Friday night and it was their time to socialize. My husband saw one of our waiters in the students lounge area. We always had to grab someone to get another glass of wine or or check...When we finally received our check, we waited for approximately 15 min for him to return for it...we finally just brought it to the hostess.

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JE
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch at Vita Nova. The kids were shy but very attentive and the food was outstanding.

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TL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been looking forward to dining at the Vita Nova. Loved the ambiance, service and food. Made reservations for lunch.

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DH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful but I would advise to check your bill, we were charged for more wine than we had.

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e
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING EXPERIENCE. 10/10. food was amazing and staff was unbelievable.

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CB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the chefs to the wait staff, they do a terrific job. Food is delicious with several choices and the wait staff is very efficient. They have been trained well!

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