If you’ve been learning Italian for a while now, you may already be familiar with the classic greeting Buonasera! which is how you say Good evening! in a formal context.
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Buonasera signore. Come sta?
Good evening sir. How are you?
If you want to explicitly wish someone a good evening however, it is necessary to use a slight variation on this expression which is Buona serata! (Have a nice evening! or Have a good evening!)
Whereasbuonaseramay be used to greet someone or say goodbye,buona seratais only used when parting ways with another person.
Ci sentiamo domani. Buona serata!
We’ll talk tomorrow. Have a nice evening!
A common response to this is Buona serata anche a te! (lit: A nice evening to you too!) or more simply, Anche a te! (You too!)
Buona serata, Giulio! – Anche a te!
Have a nice evening, Giulio! – You too!
To add additional emphasis, you can place the clauseLe / Vi auguro…(I wish you) in front to create the following phrases.
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You may also hear the phraseTi / Le / Vi auguro di passare una buona serata!which literally meansI hope that you spend a good evening!
Earlier in the day, it is more common to hear Buona giornata! (Have a good day!)
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