Italian wine cafe concept Veeno has announced its ninth site in Leicester.

Founded in 2013 by Nino Caruso and Andrea Zecchino the café is based around the Italian culture of aperitivo – after work drinks and nibbles.

Caruso said “We’re delighted to be introducing the concept of Aperitivo to Leicester. We already have a strong following in the Midlands in our Nottingham café with some of our customers travelling from Leicester to visit us there!”

After opening the first branch in Manchester, Veeno has launched in Bristol, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and York.

Veeno’s wines come from a family vineyard in Sicily where Caruso’s great‐grandfather Antonio planted the first vines in the 19th century.

Its wine list has been nominated for the prestigious “best wine list” award in the English Italian awards.

Veeno Leicester will open its doors on November 24.

Earlier this year Veeno set out its growth plans, which include a long term goal of operating up to 80 sites by the end of 2020.

The group is looking to double up in cities in which it already has a presence and is also targeting openings in Chester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bath and Glasgow.

The growth will be funded through a mixture of bank debt, cashflow and outside investment with franchising a possible option to accelerate the plan.

Caruso told MCA in July: “It’s our ambition to become a national chain. There’s a pool of cities we’re currently looking at; depending on how things go with investors, our next launch is likely to be either Liverpool or Newcastle. It’s a place where people can really relax. It’s not a place that’s trendy, like a lounge bar.”