Piccola Strada’s only lure here is their two-hour BYOB policy. The restaurant is smaller than a studio apartment in the East Village and run by a family/staff of about four people. The walls are empty and about seven tables squeeze tightly into the room. Believe it or not, a table of 10-12 is possible for large groups. The food is descent Italian, but nothing I’d run back for due to the lack of atmosphere and excitement. It feels like you are in your own kitchen, so you might as well just stay home and throw your own entertaining party. Also, there is a corking fee ($8 per wine bottle) which made the bill a little steeper than I’d like at a place like this. If you are looking for an amazing, lively Italian BYOB in the East Village, stick with Vinny and his delicious 11B pizzas and eggplant parm!