February 8, 2012

Proposals: Poppin' fresh idea: Dough a dear ...

Sometimes the best idea is simple,yet memorable.

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Amato’s created a heart-shaped pizza with the key phrase printed in dough for Paul McGonagle to present to his girlfriend Allison Taylor.

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Uh-oh.

"What? You're leaving?"

"Yeah, I'm just going to go out and run some errands while you sleep, and then we'll go grocery shopping."

Taylor told McGonagle she'd hang around long enough to finish her cup of coffee.

"I laid in bed as long as I possibly could," McGonagle said. "At 10 of 5, I get up. I can still hear her in the room."

McGonagle got up, saying he just wasn't tired and couldn't sleep. He lit a cigarette.

Suddenly, there was a knock at the door.

McGonagle ran into the bedroom and grabbed the engagement ring out of his jacket, then went to answer the door. When he opened it, there was no one there.

McGonagle ran out and caught Koffler going down the stairs. McGonagle took so long to answer the door, Koffler thought he had the wrong apartment. McGonagle took the pizza and thanked him profusely.

"I get in the house," he said, "and I get to the doorway after I come up the stairs, and she's like, 'You ordered a pizza? When did you have time to order a pizza?' "

"Right after you left the bedroom, when you were rustling around in the closet looking for some shoes." (Um, yeah. That's the ticket.)

McGonagle brought the pizza into the living room and set it on the coffee table. He went into the kitchen and grabbed a bottle of Champagne he'd bought earlier. He set it on the counter where Taylor couldn't see it.

He nudged the pizza box, which had a heart drawn on it, toward her.

She opened the box.

The pizza was covered in tissue paper.

"She unwraps the tissue paper from the side, and she just burst out crying," McGonagle said. " 'Oh my God, oh my God, are you serious?'

"And then I get down on one knee, and I said, 'Allison, will you marry me?' "

More oh my Gods, and an "Are you serious? You're not kidding?"

"I'm on my knee right now," McGonagle replied. "I want to marry you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you."

He put the ring on her finger.

"She stands up, stands me up, and she goes, 'Babe, we're engaged.' I'm like, 'So that's a yes?' "

"Yes, yes, of course it's a yes. Oh my God."

"It was the perfect surprise," McGonagle said. "I couldn't have done it any better. It was amazing to me. And Amato's. I cannot thank Amato's enough. They went above and beyond to do something like this for me."

The wedding date is Oct. 26, 2013.

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