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Andrew Yang needs to find a better pizza place if he hopes to get elected mayor.
Yang, who signaled his intention to run last week, is over the moon for the pies of an Iowa-based chain called Pizza Ranch.
The Midwestern pretenders, who have 207 locations in 14 states but none in the Big Apple, sell a taco pizza, a mac-and-cheese pizza and a “BLT,” which comes with iceberg lettuce on top.
Is he freaking kidding?
“One of my favorite things about Iowa: Pizza Ranch. Unlimited pizza buffet known for their fried chicken. How has this not swept the nation?” Yang said in a May 2019 tweet.
“Our boys are on their way to Iowa! I bet they like Pizza Ranch as much as their Dad.” he added in January.
Yang has lauded the chain’s “dessert pizza” — and even filmed himself on location singing the praises of Pizza Ranch.
“I want that pizza pizza,” he cooed to a row of several pizzas sitting under a buffet table heat lamp. He referred to himself as “Pizza Yang.”
New Yorkers are notoriously picky about pizza — just ask Mayor de Blasio, who was roasted for eating one with a knife and fork.
Scott Wiener, a Brooklynite who owns and operates Scott’s Pizza Tours and has the world’s largest collection of pizza boxes, according to Guinness World Records, said he knew Pizza Ranch well — and its offerings left much to be desired.
“It’s sort of this midwestern version of what they think pizza should be if they’ve never had pizza,” he told The Post, laughing.
“If you were to describe a painting to somebody using three words and then they redid that painting in crayon. That’s what Pizza Ranch is.”
Yang, a son of Taiwanese immigrants, grew up in northern Westchester and went to law school at Columbia. He then lived in the Big Apple for years, so he ought to know better.
But maybe he’s never heard of slice-of-heaven stalwarts like Di Fara or Lucali, which foodies rate as among the best pizza on the planet.
Maggie DeMarco-Mieles, who runs Brooklyn’s famed Di Fara Pizza, offered some sound advice to the would-be mayor.
“I can’t comment on people’s taste buds but definitely to run for New York City mayor he should probably try some of the New York pizzas,” she said.
“I’m not a fan of pizza chains at all because they use inferior ingredients.”
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