My future father-in-law is originally from Ischia. When he answers the telephone he says, "Pronto" vs saying "Ciao" or "Hello". He told me that growing up that is how everyone answered the phone. I was curious if that was unique to Ischia/Naples or if it is customary across most of Italy to answer the phone with the greeting "Pronto!"
I was just curious because Pronto means ready, unless there is another translation that I'm not familiar with. I live in the United States and English is my first language and hi or hello is the typical phone greeting I grew up with. Is Pronto also just another way of saying "hi" in addition to saying ready?