Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart(312) 529-1157 italiasiarestaurant.com0.000000 0.000000 350 West Mart Center Dr (Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza) River North, Chicago
Breakfast, lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $18
East doesn’t so much meet West as sit quietly alongside it at this Italian-Asian fusion restaurant on the 15th floor of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. Unfortunately, this is the kind of food that gives “fusion” and “hotel restaurant” a bad rap: Rubbery chopped octopus joins fresh arugula in a fine salad, a trio of mini sliders are more like marinara-drenched sandwiches, and veal meatballs have an off-putting mouthfeel and are just as bland as the spaghetti noodles they’re perched atop. “Wonton cannoli” (exactly as it sounds) are actually more successful than a dry cake mysteriously labeled a “Milk Chocolate Cappuccino.” Still, this is a place best left to out-of-towners afraid to stray too far from their conference rooms.