Vita Nova - University of Delaware
This is one of eh best meals and service that I have experienced. The senior students made the entire evening a special event to be remembered.
This is our second time at Vita Nova. The staff is always friendly, yet formal. We really enjoy the excellent service and great food.
Our first time and perhaps things were a bit off. Many of our questions regarding both the menu and the wine list were not easily answered by the student workers. They all have the absolutely best attitude and cared about our experience that's for sure. We'll try it again and see how it goes next time.
Very nice service and ambiance. Menu was wonderful and servers were all efficient and pleasant.
Very nice evening.
Best service we have received in any restaurant in Delaware during the 12 years we have been here.
We had some issues with service. One of us ordered a cocktail, and the rest of us a bottle of wine to share. The wine came.... but no cocktail......and finally we asked...? All our entrees were good...except my crab cake did not have the remoulade sauce described on the menu. I didn’t realize that until much later. Too late to fix it. The dessert choice of a duo wasn’t great. I’m not a fan of heavy chocolate stuff. And the strawberry shortcake was dry, tasteless and had almost no strawberries and whipped cream. I left most of it. I did make a comment to the server when she asked how was the dessert. Please ramp up the desserts!
The 2 guys had bouillabaisse, which was on the rather dry side too: needed more traditional sauce, as well as seafood. Our salads were very small as well. Tasty but tiny.
We had a very nice dinner at Vita Nova. The staff was friendly and efficient, the food was delicious.
Food was delicious! Service was perfect. Price was reasonable.
Always a wonderful meal and experience at Vita Nova. Student service and prepared meal excellent.
Nick, the host, was very gracious. Chef John conducted the kitchen with skill, efficiency and both were very friendly to the patrons. The students executed the short ribs entré well. The stripe bass however was slightly over cooked and salty. Given the complexity of both meals, the students performed well. Will return later in the semester to gauge the students improvement. A visit much anticipated.
Excellent experience and wonderful food. I also felt good supporting the students. Definitely will be back again!
We've been to Vita Nova six times and every time it has been an enchanting dining experience. We have introduced 10+ people to the restaurant. The food is marvelous. The place settings are picture perfect. The staff tries extra hard and delivers an exceptional dining experience.
Service was impeccable. Food, especially the bread, was exceptional. The crab cake was extremely fresh meat with no filler.
We love the lunch buffet because of the large variety, high quality and low cost. The couple that joined us felt the same way!
The buffet lunch is delicious and very affordable. Delicious soups salads and entrées. Desserts are wonderful also!
Enjoyed the fine dining experience immensely! Superior service and chef creations. Nice experience to have a selection served hot and very fresh when served. The selections of seasonal pairings for the entrees and quality of ingredients are a joy to return to each time.
The staff clearly enjoy the program they are in.
Good delicious food!
Our anniversary Celebration was extra special with a special plating of desserts
service was top notch. food on the buffet was great. best mushroom soup I've had. The salads were tasty, not exceptional, though croutons in the salad were perfect. For the entrees, chicken with capers and pasta with marinara. Didn't care for the chicken, the pasta was okay but was a bit lacking in taste. On to the desserts - the sweet potato cheesecake was excellent, as was the creme brulee.
Can't wait to try it for dinner!
Friendly and attentive service, delicious and creative food, at a great price!
Enjoyed the fine dining experience because of the superb service and wonderful cuisine selections. Enjoy the variety of menu selections paired with the wines. The seafood and beef selections were very fresh and tender quality. Very nice to have a menu selection served hot on a warm plate which is lacking in most restaurants today. The warm breads selection are a great compliment to the salads and main selections. The pastry and dessert chef creations are a great finish to the dining experience.
We we’re impressed with the whole experience. The staff was very knowledgeable and enjoyable to speak with. The food was very good and so was the service.
Great date night for a birthday celebration! The students do a tremendous job. The food was amazing
My wife and I had another wonderful dinner at Vita Nova. We enjoyed the trio of appetizers, both salads, and the lamb shank and duck breast dinners. One note for those who might order the duck breast; it is served as pictured in the menu very rare. If you are expecting medium rare, you need to tell the servers. The house dessert was also excellent. We always have a wonderful time at the best university restaurant in existence!
The attention to detail along with the delicious meal were outstanding. The student run restaurant is an exceptional experience. We enjoyed the unusual variety of appetizer, the salad, and our entrees were mouth watering. Would love to try lunch or come back for diner again.
The concept of having a student run restaurant gives the student real life experience
This was our first time dining at Vita Nova and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Food and service was excellent. Really a treat to see professional and well trained student staff.
Great food and service! I now like kale. Our steak and scallops were cooked to perfection!
My mom and I drove down from NJ to take my son to lunch with his roommate on a Tuesday in November. The location is awesome for visiting a college student as it is located in the Trabant Center right on campus. We parked in a lot close by which was a block or so away. Upon entering we noticed that the restaurant is immaculately clean. The hostess was very friendly and we were escorted to our seats by a window to the outside immediately. It was comfortable and we were greeted instantly by a very friendly waitress and offered drinks. Next we went up to the buffet. The presentation was beautiful. We had tomato soup, a variety of salads, flank steak, rigatoni Florentine, roasted turkey breast, roasted veggies, potatoes, some pate, and dessert. Everything had good flavor and was delicious. The only thing I noticed as did everyone in our party, was that the flank steak was very chewy and a little difficult to eat. The turkey breast had good flavor but was very salty and could have been enjoyed more if it were a little more moist. Other than that, we all enjoyed our experience, food, and service, and would definitely give it another try! Kudos to all the students working there! It was an enjoyable visit!
We have been coming to Vita Nova for years. It is always outstanding. Our servers Kristen and Maddie were fantastic. The chef who made the scallops did an amazing job! Please bring back the chocolate covered strawberries at the end of the meal.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting, as are all the students who go out of their way to ensure an elegant dining experience. The food is delicious and presented eloquently. A hidden gem that makes me proud of our state university. Well done!
A wonderful experience. Everyone should experience Vita Nova. As good a meal as I have ever had. The staff goes out of its way to make your dinner memorable. The Chef came by and chatted at our table. Very nice time. Great valued - pricing below "market" for the same quality elsewhere. Keep in mind, it takes a few weeks to get a reservation (because of the great food), the venue is small, the menu is limited (although it is a 5-course meal), and while exceptionally clean and pleasant, it is not a "view destination" - you are inside a teaching facility - you are there for a nice meal and conversation, not a waterfront or 40th story view.
What a special experience!!
The food was delicious and the service outstanding!
The UD students are so professional and paid attention to all the finer details!
We will be back next semester to try the new menu!
Exceptional dining experience.
Wonderful management in the form of Nick & Venka.
Fantastic student chefs and servers. All very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wines.
Delicious food and extremely affordable wine & champagne.
We highly recommend Vita Nova.
This was our 3rd dining experience at Vita Nova and our best yet!
Such a great place! The food is excellent and the service is wonderful. It is always great to be a part of the learning experience for the students, while also enjoying a great meal.
Usually a magnificent experience!!!
But they are kids, and they are learning. Our server was inexperienced and was unable to answer our questions regarding the food choices. The food was delicious as always. Usually an instructor checks on each table to make sure everything is going smoothly, but that did not happen this week.
Nice selection of food and dishes taste delicious. Only complaint about food was that they ran out of potato salad. Server was good but not very observant and did not clear dirty dishes when she came to the table to check on us.
First time back at Vita Nova in about a year. Decided to invite three friends/colleagues to have lunch. We enjoyed the break from the “routine.” Nice food variety. Good flavors—especially the desserts. Only disappointment: Smoked Turkey was a bit too salty. But otherwise, nice experience.
Everything about lunch was wonderful. We highly recommend a visit.
I wish all restaurants could deliver this level of service. What a lovely experience, outstanding cuisine with 5 star service. These students have a bright future in the hospitality sector.
Fantastic as always. Great food and great service. Thank you!