San Carlo, the Italian restaurant chain, is to open its first unit in Asia, after securing a site for its Signor Sassi fine dining brand in Thailand. The company, which operates six sites under its eponymous brand in the UK, will reportedly open a £1m venue in the Anantara Bangkok Sathorn Hotel. The group, which was founded by Carlo Distefano and led by his son Marcello, is also set to open its third site under the fine dining brand in the Middle East, after securing its first site in Beirut. The Beirut site is set to open in August and will follow the group’s other two restaurants in Kuwait. The group, which opened its first site in Birmingham in 1992, is undertaking the expansion of its Signor Sassi format in the Gulf through a partnership with Americana Group. San Carlo plans to launch up to 22 restaurants in the region. The company, which recently re-opened the Flying Pizza restaurant at the Roundhay, in Leeds, is also planning to roll out its new tapas-style concept Cicchetti, after opening its first site under the format in Manchester last November. The family-run group is now looking at possible sites in Birmingham and London for the brand and hopes to have a second location secured by the end of the year.