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Campus Food


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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The campus food is more or less every other college. There's nothing really special. Some perks are you can use your meal card off campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think we should have more money on our meal card, especially off-cmpus. I do think we have a good amount of options though and the staff is so nice!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some of the food is decent, like the grilled cheese with chicken and bacon is very good, however there is some food that after eating it, you feel bait nauseous.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The menu gets old after a while

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food selection is amazing


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The food at Iona is not bad at all, but at the same time, it's not amazing. For students, the biggest concern isn't the repetition of dishes, but rather the price of food. Students get charged ridiculous amounts of money for food and drinks that are already overpriced in the first place. Even though a lot of people at Iona start out with a high amount of meal plan points, students do run out of money. Males tend to run out quicker than females, who usually end up having money left over. It is common for students to buy each other meals if a person runs out of money. The main dining hall, Vitanza Commons in Spellman, has the best options for lunch and dinner. Here, students have the most variety; from sushi to burgers, there is almost anything from which to choose.

If students get tired of dining hall food, Quiznos is on the meal plan. Again, this is nice, but it is also expensive. The food may not get overwhelmingly good reviews, but Iona is honestly trying. There are comment cards students can fill out and then receive a response from the dining services. If students continue to share their suggestions, there certainly will be hope for improved food, but the main concern is price, which seems like it will never go down.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Students who live on campus all participate in the full meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Vitanza Commons
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich
  • Ham and cheese omelet
  • Parfaits
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken Caesar wrap
  • Chicken piccata
  • Chicken quesadilla
  • Hamburger
  • Pasta bar
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chips and salsa
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Nachos
  • Soup
  • Strawberry parfaits
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • AJ's Burgers
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Avenue Deli Café
  • Beechmont Tavern
  • Blackboard Pizza Shop
  • Cannone's Pizza
  • Chicken Joe's
  • Eatery on North
  • Gold Moore Deli
  • Mirage Diner
  • New Roc City
  • A No 1 Pizza
  • North River Deli
  • Posto 22
  • Ruby Red
  • Smokehouse
  • Subway
  • Sun Hing Restaurant
  • Wings USA
Special Options
There are not many special options for students. Whatever is served in the dining halls is what students get. If students do have dietary concerns, management is willing to help out, and there are limited options on the menu for vegetarians. Students are also encouraged to fill out suggestion cards, and if enough people say something, they do listen.
Did You Know?
Students do not have to pay a tax for on-campus food when the meal card is used.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Castle Café
Location: Ryan Library, first floor
Food: Outtakes Grab & Go, Starbucks coffee, snacks, sweets
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
LaPenta Marketplace
Location: LaPenta Student Union, first floor
Food: 2Mato, Blue Agave, Outtakes Grab & Go, Route 66 Diner
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Location: LaPenta Student Union, ground floor
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–11 p.m.
Vitanza Commons
Location: Spellman Hall, ground floor
Food: BYOB burgers, comfort foods, deli, Dunkin' Donuts, salads, sushi
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?     Based on 40 responses

  • 14% Sushi and pizza
  • 14% Quesadillas
  • 13% Salad
  • 12% Omelettes and Burgers
  • 10% Sandwiches
  • 7% Mozzarella sticks
  • 6% Sushi
  • 6% Fake Chipotle
  • 5% Grilled cheese with chicken and bacon
  • 5% Bagels with cream cheese
  • 3% Grilled cheese
  • 2% Omlettes and Sushi
  • 1% Starbucks
  • 1% There are like 20 off campus restaurants
  • 1% I dont eat often on campus usually got a sandwhich
  • 1% Starbucks

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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