Ristorante Primavera, the white-tablecloth Italian mainstay across from the farmers market in Wayne, has shut down after 28 years.

I'm awaiting word from longtime owner Umberto Degli Esposti, who opened the restaurant in spring 1988 with his wife, Alane, and then-partners Franco Faggi, Nunzio Patruno, and Georgio Giuliani. The spot formerly was a meet market called the Corral.

The four men, incidentally, make up a who's who in Italian dining. They also had the plush Monte Carlo Living Room, for many years at Second and South Streets, along with a Ristorante Primavera next door. Both closed about 10 years ago and are now home to Las Bugambilias and Paddy Whacks. (Primavera Pizza Kitchen in Ardmore is separately owned and is open.)

Faggi now owns Fiorino in East Falls. Patruno owns Nunzio's in Collingswood. Giuliani owns the extremely popular Giorgio on Pine and Giorgio Pizza on Pine. 

Primavera's freestanding building is just west of another shuttered restaurant building, last occupied by Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar. Last month alone, Autograph Brasserie opened nearby in the Eagle Village Shops, and a branch of Manayunk's Goat's Beard filled the former Xilantro at 103 N. Wayne Ave.