Isola Gozo, that tiny Northern Italian restaurant next to Tiffany's and adjacent to Neiman Marcus in NorthPark Center, is gone. The once cozy restaurant is nothing more than a terra cotta-tiled, mahogany-paneled storeroom holding stacks of chairs, dishpans, marble tables, and other assorted food-service detritus. Named for the tiny Island of Gozo, where Ulysses was beached by a shipwreck and subsequently held under the trance of the sea nymph Calypso for seven idyllic years, according to restaurant press materials, Isola Gozo was launched in 1996 by David Patterson, following a stint with the Pino Luongo Restaurant Corp. (The company later became New York-based Toscorp, the firm that operates Coco Pazzo.) Dallas diners eventually chased Coco Pazzo from Addison and McKinney Avenue some three years ago. In addition to Isola Gozo, Patterson also opened Zuppa Market, a tiny gourmet shop near Lord & Taylor in the same mall. That little outlet is shuttered, too, at least judging from the boards covering the space where the Zuppa storefront used to be. Patterson couldn't be reached for comment, but NorthPark officials (NorthPark's Nancy Nasher is listed as a corporate officer in Isola Gozo's incorporation papers) would only confirm that the two venues shut down sometime in January.
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