Decline and Fall stars Jack Whitehall and Eva Longoria in 2017

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Jack Whitehall has discussed some amusing comments reportedly made by famous actress Eva Longoria on food critic Jay Rayner’s Out To Lunch podcast. The 33-year-old claimed the A-lister was completely unaware that Pizza Express was a popular Italian chain restaurant in the UK and found it amusing when she lauded its “incredible” Italian food. 

Eva, 46, is said to have made the comments to Jack during their time filming BBC comedy series Decline and Fall in 2016.

The actress was trying to find food that rivalled the quality she is used to when she stumbled across a Cardiff branch of the Pizza Express chain, which she believed to be a quaint “little Italian” restaurant. 

According to the actor, Eva went on to tell Jack that up until that point, she could not find a restaurant that was up to Beverly Hills standards, but that she had now eaten the “best pasta” she had ever tasted. 

Tweeting a link to the podcast yesterday, Pizza Express wrote: “Listen to this brilliant podcast from ⁦@jayrayner1⁩ and, 30 minutes in, ⁦@jackwhitehall⁩ reveals the name of what Eva Longoria considers one of the best Italian restaurants in the world.

“It’s a small family-run place in Cardiff,” the account added with a winking emoji. 

During the interview, Jack recounted the moment Eva reportedly came bursting onto set to share her amazing discovery with her co-stars. 

“She said, ‘Oh God, I found the most incredible little Italian last night,” the comedian began.

“The owner, I think it’s family owned, he was so charming and I had the best pasta I have ever had anywhere in the world.

“It’s called… Pizza Express.’”

Eva, who once owned a diner in Los Angeles and who has written cookbooks before, reportedly raved about her “authentic Italian” grub to the star. 

Jack went on to add that he thought Eva was “great” but claimed that his American co-star also “didn’t realise Cardiff was in Wales”. has contacted Eva Longoria’s representatives for further comment.

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Decline and Fall is a three-part British comedy drama series based on the 1928 Evelyn Waugh novel of the same name.

The show sees Jack as protagonist Paul Pennyfeather, who is forced to teach at a substandard boarding school in rural Wales after being unfairly expelled from Oxford University. 

Eva portrays the alluring Margot Beste-Chetwynde, a wealthy widow with designs on the naive Paul.

In real life Eva is married to Mexican businessman José Antonio Bastén, 53.

The couple share one son named Santiago, who was born in 2018. 

The Desperate Housewives actress was previously married to General Hospital star Tyler Christopher from 2002 to 2004. 

She married the NBA star in 2007 but she filed for divorce in 2010.

The podcast Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner airs weekly on Apple podcasts, Amazon and other streaming services.

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