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Dinner With Cupid

Blind date: Fine dining

Two daters both work in restaurants. Does that mean their meal will go smoothly?

From left, Steven Deteso and Nicole Gazin.

From left, Steven Deteso and Nicole Gazin.

STEVEN DETESO

24 / Server

COMIC WHOSE HUMOR MIRRORS HIS OWN

Louis C.K.

HOBBIES

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Traveling, learning about wines and craft beers, hockey

NICOLE GAZIN

24 / Restaurant Manager

COMIC WHOSE HUMOR MIRRORS HER OWN

Amy Poehler

HOBBIES

Watching the Red Sox, playing the saxophone

7:30 P.M. POSTO, SOMERVILLE

> APPETIZER

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STEVEN I [had] never been on a blind date before.

NICOLE I went into it thinking that it would just be a funny story to tell.

STEVEN I showed up about 10 minutes early.

NICOLE I was not on time, and I felt awful! I hate being late, but he was very gracious.

STEVEN When Nicole walked in, I knew immediately that she was my date. She was dressed very nicely.

NICOLE [Steven] gave me a hug when he introduced himself, which I liked, since I’m definitely a hugger.

STEVEN I thought she was very cute. She looked in shape and had a very confident stride.

NICOLE I really liked that he was taller than me. I’m also a sucker for a Boston accent and he has a strong one.

> MAIN COURSE

STEVEN We jumped right in.

NICOLE We covered the typical first-date basics: where we’re from, what we do.

STEVEN We talked a lot about our families, and we talked about some of the TV shows we like and the music we enjoy listening to. We had a lot of similar interests.

NICOLE I think we were raised with similar values and have the same viewpoints on a lot of things.

STEVEN We started to joke around [and] I knew we were both enjoying ourselves.

NICOLE I think there was a mutual attraction that grew as we got to know a little bit more about each other and the wine started to kick in.

> DESSERT

NICOLE We were in no rush to leave, so we stayed and finished our wine, and then he suggested that we go to a bar [nearby].

STEVEN A comedy show was going on [at the bar].

NICOLE We laughed at all the same bad jokes.

STEVEN We ended the night with a good-night kiss.

> SECOND DATE?

STEVEN Yes.

NICOLE Yes, definitely.

— Compiled by Eryn Carlson

> POST-MORTEM

STEVEN A

NICOLE A

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