Valentina, the Italian delicatessen, restaurant and shop concept, is looking to reach 10 sites before considering accelerated routes to growth, M&C Report has learnt.

The group is preparing to open its seventh site in Chiswick this week and is looking for sites to open another two next year.

Bruno Zoccola who runs the company told M&C Report: “We are family funded at the moment and have grown organically but after 10 we will look at options to franchise out or look for investors to roll it out more sharply.

“We set ourselves a target of getting to 10 sites and have a cluster in the south west and south east of London and in and around the M25 in six years. We are slightly ahead of that target,” Zoccola said.

For the next site he said they are considering areas around the M25 including Esher, Cobham and Windsor.

He said the authentic Italian family connections are essential to the company and he believes that spirit will remain “until we get to about 50 sites.”

“The idea is to grow and the momentum is definitely there,” Zoccola said.

The family run business also incorporates a delicatessen which Zoccola described as “the life blood of the business”. It imports and distributes Italian foods online and to high-end food stores including Fortum & Mason and Harrods.