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.
|Venue name:||ItaliAsia (CLOSED)||Contact:|
350 West Mart Center Dr
|Cross street:||Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza|
|Opening hours:||Breakfast, lunch, dinner|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 11, 123, 125.|
|Price:||Average main course: $18|
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