Creditors of Carluccio’s will today vote on its plans for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which will see it exit a number of lossmaking sites out of its 103-strong UK estate.

The proposal will impact 34 of the group’s restaurants and if approved will trigger fresh investment of £10m from backers, Landmark Group.

The Fresca turnaround programme would focus on the look and feel of the restaurants, improving outdoor terraces and installing small bar areas and open kitchens.

The company requires 75% of creditors to approve the CVA at today’s meeting.

The CVA document showed that the company’s like-for-like sales figures reached a low of minus 10.9% in September 2017, however have seen considerable improvement since and at the start of May were down c1%.

MCA data for shows that despite the downturn in trade there are some encouraging signs for Carluccio’s, with the highest scores among its Italian casual dining peers for food quality/taste, friendly service and value for money.

Data from MCA’s Menu Tracker shows that this year the group has expanded its offer with a 25% increase in products available, driven primarily by a wider range of sides and desserts. The band is also responding to the growing trend in vegan, with 23 dishes flagged as vegan on 2018 menus