Francesca, the France-based chain of pasta restaurants, is to make its debut on UK motorways, after signing a deal to replace Domino’s Pizza at four Extra service stations, M&C understands.

The company, which made its debut in the UK in 2012 in Baker Street, is believed to have signed a deal to open at four of the sites previously occupied by the Domino’s 2Go concept.

In August 2013, Extra announced that it would be introducing a new express Domino’s Pizza outlet to its sites, with the first opening at Beaconsfield.

Last month, Domino’s announced that it would be closing the four 2Go sites it had opened with Extra.

Francesca, which was founded by Francesca Albanese, specialises in healthy fast-food dishes to eat in or takeaway. It currently operates one site in the UK in London’s Baker Street.

Founded in Strasbourg in 1998, the group currently operates c90 sites in Europe, with the majority in France.