PETER Andre has taken on Molly-Mae Hague – rubbishing her claims that food in Italy is "shocking".
The 46-year-old singer, a passionate foodie and cook, took issue with her slating of local cuisine when she even called the ice-cream "grim".
Molly sparked controversy earlier this month when she attacked the standard of cooking on a trip to Venice, saying: "One thing I will say about Italy in general… the food is actually shocking?
"So controversial I know but I've been a lot of times now to different parts and I've tried a lot of different restaurants and I'm always so disappointed.
"It's meant to be the home of pizza and pasta and I really can't see how! Strange. Even this ice cream was grim."
The 21-year-old 'influencer' later added: "I got recommended to go to these traditional Italian restaurants that are meant to serve the best pizza and pasta, and again, I just wasn’t impressed."
But, writing in his New magazine column, Peter asked: "How can Italian food be shocking in the place it originated from?"
He also insisted he had never had bad service in an Italian restaurant and defended the firm 'al dente' style of cooking pasta.
He wrote: "For me, Italian food is the best. I love the food in Venice and when I went to Rome the food was incredible.
"I love my pasta al dente and that’s exactly how it should be."
He added: "I’d never name and shame, because it’s not nice."
However, Peter was careful to add that he was a fan of hers saying: "I like Tommy and Molly-Mae so I don't want any Fury!"
Molly, who showed off a new curly hairstyle on Instagram last night, shot to fame on Love Island alongside boyfriend Tommy.
They finished as runners-up to Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea, who split soon after the show.
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