This Couple Locked Eyes at a Chipotle, Had a Date at Blaze, and the Rest is Fast-Casual History

Each week we ask a local couple, ’How did you meet?’

In series How Did You Meet?, local couples tell us how they first hooked up.

Deena (@polishedtoothoc) was doing homework at the Chipotle at UC Irvine when she locked eyes with Luca (@lucamarquard). They kept checking each other out, but then he got up, slung his tennis racquets on his shoulder, and left the fast food chain. ⁠

She took notice of the tennis equipment. “I figured he was probably on the UCI tennis team,” the 24-year-old dental student says. “I figured out who he was from the roster and friend requested him on Facebook.”⁠


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He accepted and messaged her, and the two decided to get together. On their first date, to Blaze Pizza at Fashion Island, they closed down the restaurant. That evening, she asked him if he remembered seeing her at Chipotle. ⁠

“I told her I didn’t remember seeing her,” Luca, a 26-year-old law student, admits. “But it was kind of cute because I said I actually fell for her twice.” That was five years ago. ⁠

Today, both attend USC. He surprised her last August by proposing at his favorite surf spot in Newport Beach. The couple plans to marry in November.⁠

⁠For more head to @howdidtheymeet⁠⁠

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