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Dinner With Cupid

Standing room only

Will these two singles sweep each other away?

Eric Martigenetti and Dawn Aiello.

ERIC MARTIGENETTI > 31

Attorney

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THE FIRST THING PEOPLE NOTICE WHEN THEY WALK INTO HIS HOME I like to keep things simple, so I tend not to decorate too much. 

WHAT MAKES HIM A GOOD CATCH I am smart and funny. That’s a pretty lethal combination.

DAWN AIELLO > 31

Forensic accountant

THE FIRST THING PEOPLE NOTICE WHEN THEY WALK INTO HER HOME A view of the beach through sliding doors   

WHAT MAKES HER A GOOD CATCH I have a positive outlook on life and an upbeat personality.

6:30 P.M. OLE MEXICAN GRILL, CAMBRIDGE

> A FOOT IN THE DOOR

ERIC I had to come straight from work, so I had time only to change and get to the restaurant.

DAWN I went home [after work] to quickly freshen up.

ERIC I was a little nervous, but then I thought to myself, What’s the worst that could happen?

DAWN I was a little nervous, but also excited.

ERIC Dawn was maybe five minutes late because she had to find parking. She apologized, but I told her not to worry about it.

DAWN I checked in with the hostess, who directed me to Eric. He was waiting at the bar when I arrived.

ERIC Dawn was very pretty. She had a great smile.

DAWN Although he wasn’t necessarily my type, he had a very nice smile.

> FIRST STEPS

DAWN He had already ordered a drink, but we got to talking about our careers while I waited for mine.

ERIC We talked about all kinds of things: work, what we do for fun, where we spent recent vacations.

DAWN We started with the made-at-your-table guacamole. It was delicious! For the entree I had enchiladas.

ERIC I had an unpronounceable but tasty chicken dish as my entree.  

DAWN Conversation flowed pretty easily.

> FLEET OF FOOT

DAWN I discovered that Eric is a triplet!

ERIC I discovered that Dawn is nearly fluent in Italian and spent a year and a half in Italy. We both enjoy running and the Red Sox. We [also] both agree that a good work-life balance is important. By the end of the night, I really liked Dawn.

DAWN About halfway through dinner, I started to think that our life experiences had been pretty different, which made me wonder whether we were compatible. . . . We both like to run [though].

ERIC I’d say there were sparks. [And] I’ll forgive her guilty pleasures, which are soap operas

and The Bachelor.

> ON THEIR FEET

ERIC We exchanged numbers. Then I hugged her and gave her a kiss.

DAWN I gave him a hug.

 

> POST-MORTEM

ERIC A

DAWN B

 > SECOND DATE?

ERIC I hope so.

DAWN I’m not sure that we’re compatible — possibly.  — Compiled by Peter Cocchia

 

 GO ON A BLIND DATE. WE’LL PICK UP THE TAB.Fill out an application at boston.com/cupid.

 

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