Nolita House opened yesterday in the former Risa space on Houston between Mulberry and Mott. Since we live across the street, the fiancee and I went over to check it out. The menu features lots of comfort food (mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs), cheeses (picked in conjuntion with Max of Artisanal), cured meats, and pizzas. Prices for entrees are very reasonable (about $10-14) while apps are a bit pricey at nearly the same (but the scallops wrapped in bacon were excellent).
The wine list features nice selections, but are a tad pricey (all are at least $28, if I recall correctly) for the food prices
Opening night featured many friends of the owners (or so it seemed) and was quite enjoyable. Service was a bit spotty (we were offered plates for the appetizers by one server after we had already completed our appetizer), but extremely friendly.
The chicken dish I had was wonderful, although the potatos that came with it were not fully cooked. The pizza that my fiancee had (with smoked duck and spinach) reminded me of the pizzas that Risa used to make (which is definitely a good thing). Mac and cheese was extremely cheesy, but very tasty. Overall, an enjoyable meal.
The place has lots of potential, and I never judge a restaurant on the first month of business, so will definitely check back often. I'm looking forward to their wine and cheese tasting, as well.