Valentina Fine Foods, the eight-strong Italian deli and restaurant chain,has been bouhgt out of administration with the closure of half its sites.

It comes a month after the company blamed the rise of delivery and the change of eating out habits for then closure of its Reigate branch.

The firm was founded by Bruno Zoccola in London’s East Sheen in 1991 and grew to eight sites across London, Surrey and Essex.

The group called in administrators insolvency firm Begbies Traynor earlier this month.

Immediately after, Gazzano and Son – which owns an Italian delicatessen on Farringdon Road, purchased the company. Gazzano is run by Valentina’s former senior operations manager Gabriella Croci

A statement from Begbies Traynor said: “All employees of the company transferred to the purchaser upon sale and four of the eight shops operated by the company are continuing to trade under the new ownership.”

Speaking after the closure of the Reigate site a spokeswoman for Valentina said: “I think the eating industry has changed as there is a lot of disruptive technology. You have Deliveroo and other disruptive companies.

“I think the attitude people have when eating out has also changed.”

The sites that remain open are in 281 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London; 210 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen London; 75 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London; and 10-12 High Street, Weybridge, Surrey.