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The Rusty Oven restaurant review: ‘I can’t claim to have eaten in every pizza joint in the country, so I’ll say this version is among the nation’s finest’

Our food critic dines at the go-to destination of pizza lovers in Donegal — and it doesn’t disappoint

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The rustic interior of The Rusty Oven in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

The rustic interior of The Rusty Oven in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

The Rusty Oven

The Rusty Oven

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The rustic interior of The Rusty Oven in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

“I don’t want to influence you unduly,” whispers the man passing through the restaurant on the way to assume his position at the pub quiz in Patsy Dan’s, “but this is the best pizza in Ireland.”

There’s a lot of good pizza in Ireland these days. Earlier this month, Galway’s Dough Bros came in at No 79 in the annual World’s Best Pizza rankings, a list on which Cirillo’s in Dublin has previously featured — so that’s quite a bold claim. But as I can’t claim to have eaten in every pizza joint in the country, I’ll stick with saying that the version at the Rusty Oven is up there with the nation’s finest.


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