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Date Lab: A goodnight kiss means he likes you, right?

Sunday, August 8, 2010; W06

7:30 p.m., Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, Downtown

Franco: I was looking forward to [the date]. I was there first, [so] I said, "I'll be at the bar."

Emily: I've done online dating, but this scenario was much different, so it was definitely a little bit more exciting. [I] showed up at around 7:30.

Franco: She's not typically the type of girl I'd go out with from a physical standpoint. I'm typically more attracted to dark-haired [women] , like when you think of Latin or Italian-looking. [But] she's cute, and she definitely had a confidence about her, which was sexy.

Emily: I'm 4-foot-11, and he's not short, but I saw that he's a good height for me. I typically do go for the Italian-type look, so I was giggling to myself like, Okay, looks like they did a good job.

Franco: You could definitely tell she was excited [and] a little nervous, too. She was like, "Let me get a drink, because I'm nervous." That gave it away a little bit. They put us at a nice table, and we sat down.

Emily: Right away, it was really easygoing. We were looking at the [Date Lab photo] rules and joking around like, "Wouldn't it be funny if we took some really risque pictures?"

Franco: We ordered a bottle of wine, and then we ended up sharing an appetizer, and then we ordered the meal. She's cool, because she kind of says what's on her mind, and I do, too. I usually like to have fun during a conversation [and] not be too serious. So there was a lot of joking around and telling stories.

Emily: Honestly, it was a lot of first-date talk. You cover the family thing, the hobby thing, what do you do for a living. We definitely have a lot in common. Halfway through dinner we pretty much decided that we were going to go somewhere afterward. We were joking around about the photos. There was one point where I stood up and went around [the table] and sat down on his lap and took a photo.

Franco: It was fun, but I definitely wasn't expecting that. I don't know if there was romantic [chemistry]. We were having a good time.

Emily: We were not really fretting over "are we a match?" [But] there was definitely that initial chemistry. We were giving each other the eye contact, like the kind-of-flirtatious looks, and suggesting that we'd like to see each other again.

Franco: I've always tried to figure out whether two people who are both loud is a good thing, or should there be some balance? She's definitely outgoing. She has a cool personality, and I think I could get along with her, but I wasn't as attracted to her as I was to other girls I've dated in the past.

Emily: We decided to skip dessert, but my family tradition is we drink a B-52 [on special occasions]. So [the bartender] made two B-52s.

Franco: I'm thinking, I need to drive home at some point. But it was fun. I'm always up for a good time.

Emily: We settled the check and walked outside and started talking about where should we go. It was about 9:30. I suggested Zaytinya, and we hailed a cab because it was still pretty hot out. We had one round of drinks there.

Franco: She took a picture of me and posted it on her Facebook and was like, "This is my date." I like enthusiasm, but I wasn't expecting that, either.

Emily: We were both kind of goofing off. That's why I did that. He didn't seem surprised. He settled up [the bill], and we walked back toward where he parked. When we were walking to his car, we were holding hands.

Franco: I don't remember holding hands. I think maybe I was trying to guide her across the street. We exchanged numbers. I drove her to the Metro. I think I gave her a kiss, perhaps.

Emily: We held hands as far as I remember and, yes, we did kiss. I would definitely like to see him again. We exchanged phone numbers, and he told me to send him a text message letting him know I got home all right.

Franco: I'd [rate the date] a 4 [out of 5]. She's a cool girl. [But] for me it's almost like hot or cold, there's no warm. I was definitely having a good time, but I'm not sure if I would want to go out with her romantically again.

Emily: I'm going to say a 4.5. He has a very confident personality without being egotistical. You could tell that he's a positive person, that he's enjoying his life.

Interviews by Christina Breda Antoniades

UPDATE: Emily and Franco's plans for a second date fell through, and the two were trading voicemails at press time. "We may or may not" go out, Emily says. "But either way, I'd be happy if we did and okay if we didn't."

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