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Dinner With Cupid

Blind date that’s all business

Will the numbers crunch for this manager and teacher?

KELLIE CARROLL > 24

First-grade teacher

WHY SHE’S A CATCH My intellect, sense of humor, and love of trying anything new

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HER PERFECT DATE Dinner followed by a movie, play, or comedy show

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WHAT HER EXES SAY I am a great kisser.

 

MARKO CACCIOLA > 22

Construction business manager

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HIS PERFECT SATURDAY Being near my boat with music, good people, and a nice day

LAST THING HE READForbes magazine

WHY HE’S A CATCH Optimistic, good listener, grounded

6:30 P.M. TRATTORIA PULCINELLA, CAMBRIDGE

> GETTING A QUORUM

MARKO I really didn’t go in thinking I was going to find someone. I didn’t have many expectations — I just winged it.

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KELLIE I got there first and was waiting and watching the people walking by through the window. I saw him and could just sort of tell. He was by himself, looked a little nervous.

MARKO She stood up and shook hands. It was very cordial.

KELLIE I usually like hugs better, but it was a pretty tiny restaurant. He was

really good-looking.

> FAMILY BUSINESS

MARKO We got a glass of wine to start off, actually finished it before we ordered food. The food was really good.

KELLIE We talked a lot about our families — all boys in his, all girls in mine. I found out right away that he’s Italian. I’m a first-grade teacher, and he was curious about that.

MARKO She’s a very genuine person, and I could tell she really cared about her work.

KELLIE I talked about how I’d gone to Italy before, and he said he really wanted to go.

MARKO She likes all kinds of music, and me, too. [We have] very similar characteristics.

KELLIE We talked about hobbies, too. He has a summer house at Nantasket Beach, which is where I was during the day. I’m on vacation [this week] — sort of a coincidence.

MARKO We’re both very outgoing people, just very open to new ideas.

KELLIE He played hockey growing up, and I’m a huge Bruins fan.

MARKO As the date went on, I definitely got more comfortable. There was never a time when we were uncomfortable; as we went on, topics became more smooth.

KELLIE Not knowing anything about him going into it, I had a million questions. I still have a ton more.

> ON THE EXCHANGE

KELLIE We exchanged numbers, and he asked me to text him when I got home.

MARKO I walked her to her car and we said goodbye. I gave her a hug.

KELLIE We were talking about my birthday Saturday, and I told him, “You’re more than welcome to come.” At the end of the night, he said, “Maybe I’ll see you out.”

> POST-MORTEM

MARKO B+

KELLIE A. I had a lot of fun.

> A SECOND DATE?

MARKO As friends, I would definitely hang out again.

KELLIE Definitely.

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