Independent Italian restaurant group Olivelli’s is looking to expand away from central London to replicate the success of its newest site in East Dulwich, M&C has learnt.

The group, headed up by Sicilian-born Giovanni and Salvatore Salamone, has instructed a property agent has been instructed to find sites in Blackheath, Clapham and Richmond as well as surrounding areas.

Giovanni Salamone told M&C: “Our plan is that after so many years of business being very tough we are now looking outside of central London. It is saturated and expensive to do anything nowadays as rents are ridiculous so we are concentrating on more on neighbourhood areas.”

Following the opening of the fourth Olivelli’s in East Dulwich, Salamone said he is confident the concept will work well in affluent areas and need not be reliant on high footfall.

“We are looking for the same sorts of areas that we know will work well. If we find that we can open more than one in a year then we will but it’s subject to finding the right spot.”

On Lordship Lane the restaurant has an updated design to the previous three sites; this is something Giovanni’s daughter Danielle has been instrumental in introducing and will be retrofitted to the other restaurants as well as being the model for new acquisitions.

The site features an open plan kitchen which Salamone described as the stage of the restaurant to add theatrical touch to the dining experience.

He said the restaurant has been well-received and there is nothing similar in the area.

Recent expansion has been self-funded, however Salamone said he would consider borrowing small amounts only to assist the organic growth.

Concurrently, Salamone said he is keen to grow the Caffe Paradiso brand and said it is best suited to locations with high footfall.