The Castle, with its quadrilateral floor plan and four polygonal towers, completely surrounded by a large moat, was built in late 1200 by Philip of Savoy, Prince of Acaja, in order to protect the areas of Villanova and Moretta from the neighbouring Marquis of Saluzzo.
In 1332, Villanova di Moretta passed on to the Marquis of Carretto, who sold it in 1335 to the Falletti family. Conceded to the ancient patrician Solaro family, Villanova took on the name - with exception to the Napoleonic digression - has been preserved up to present time.
In 1800, the Countess Euphrasia, last member of the Solaro branch, turned the castle into a residential building, embellishing it with a wonderful park, which is still admired today. In 1830, it housed a character with the likes of the patriot and poet Silvio Pellico, a veteran of the detention policy in the Austrian fortress of Spielberg, where in 1831; the first chapters of his masterpiece "My Prisons" were first read.
1997 a new life was granted to the castle: “Ristorante Castello dei Solaro” was established under the management of the Ronco family, who still manage the building today.
The restaurant offers an irresistible array of gastronomic flavours and tastes: a journey through culture, tradition and innovation.
Thanks to Chefs Giovanni Viggiano and Luca Fabaro – led by the Executive Chef Daniele Rivoira – the typical Italian and Piedmontese cuisine are rediscovered through a simply refined menu, where creativity and experience blend in perfect harmony. Due to a well-supplied and selected wine cellar, the ample variety of fine local wines assures that each and every guest enjoy the best of the food-wine combination.
Scrupulous attention is given to seasonal meals that guarantee freshness and quality, also for local production or guaranteed traceability.
In addition to the numerous awards for quality, the kitchen was assigned the AFC trademark of the "Alimentazione Fuori Casa" Eating Out Project by AIC (The Italian Celiac Association).
Right from the start of your reception, the beautiful setting of the castle will present you with unique surroundings: the entrance on the drawbridge with a red carpet will guide you and your guests through historical rooms elegantly frescoed, to the large park where you will be served a rich and sought after appetizer, under elegant gazebos.
Rooms capacity: from 50 to 450 persons
Traditional Italian Cuisine, Bar, Air conditioned rooms, Lift, Facilities for the disabled, Internal Parking, Garden, Playground, Video service, Audio service, Free WiFi, Debit cards and Credit cards accepted.