Pastinos are an interesting little snack. I picked them up a while back, after spying them nestled among the regular potato and tortilla chips in Whole Foods. But these are not your regular chips, they are in fact pieces of pasta, all crunchy and flavoured like chips should be.
I was a bit dubious at first about these. I mean, I enjoy crunching on a piece of uncooked pasta or two while cooking, but to devour a whole bag? Seems a bit weird. Thankfully, these pieces of pasta will not break your teeth. They are fantastically crunchy, more so than tortilla chips, but they're still pretty easy to break apart.
Unfortunately, the flavour isn't all that great. I went for the most interesting one, looking forward to a unique olive flavour, but I was left a little underwhelmed. They certainly tasted nice, but there was nothing bold, or even particularly noticeable. The good points of these lie in the crunch and texture, rather than the flavour itself. Perhaps I'd hold a better opinion if I tried the other varieties, but while these are quite good, I don't think I'd buy them over more commonplace chips again.
My rating: 3/5