CMU’s campus dining debuts ‘Taste of Italty’ today

CMU’s residential restaurants are attempting to break the monotony for students that live on campus and dine on campus day in and day out.

“Taste of Italy,” starts today at 4 p.m. at the residential restaurants on campus.

It is a special event dinner, featuring traditional Italian favorites.

Nikki Smith marketing manager for campus dining said Taste of Italy is something new this year.

“Every year Campus Dining has a calendar of theme dinner special events in the residential restaurants,” Smith said. “It’s a fun way to serve something that’s different than the normal menu cycle and create a different dining experience for the night for our students.”

Smith said the “Taste of Italy” has foods that do not encompass the regular menu cycle.

Items found today will be Chicken Parmesan, bucatini with meatballs, Tuscani shrimp, Egg Plant Parmesan and more.

Students can use meal plan or FLEX Dollars at any residential restaurant, purchase a meal ticket inside Merrill Residential Restaurant or inside Northside Market for Robinson Residential Restaurant, or use cash or credit at RFoC and FFCo., Smith said.

The response from students, faculty and staff that dine at the events so far has been positive, Smith said.

“Students, faculty, and staff that dine in the restaurants during special events seem to appreciate the effort that goes in to the preparation of the different menu items and the decoration, Smith said. “It’s also fun for our staff to get in the spirit of the theme dinner nights.”

Extra staff is required for these events Smith said, and Campus Dining also prepares a slightly larger amount of food on theme nights.

If patrons happen to miss today’s event a complete list of planned residential special events can be found on each of the residential restaurant location page and at