por·​to·​bel·​lo ˌpȯr-tə-ˈbe-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce portobello (audio)
variants or less commonly portabella or portabello
plural portobellos also portobellas
: a large dark mature cultivated mushroom noted for its meaty texture that is of the same variety of button mushroom as the cremini

Examples of portobello in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fork Off Fork Off serves Mexican dishes like shrimp, beef, avocado, fish and chicken tacos; beef, chicken, pork and veggie burritos; and empanadas made with chicken and green chili, beef Manchego, portobello mushrooms, veggie and shrimp. The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2024 Also available is the $8.99 ‘Shroom Burger made with a fried portobello mushroom filled with cheese. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb. 2024 The chew is closer to firm tofu or a portobello mushroom, or some cross of both. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Still, certain mushrooms can be a beneficial source of vitamin D. Check to see if vitamin D–rich mushrooms, like portobello mushrooms, are available at your local store. Ella Quittner, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 Starters include Baja tomato soup or roasted beets and carrots and main course options are seabass, Koji steak, a bone-in pork chop or portobello mushroom. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 There’s a veggie wrap, too, with zucchini and portobello mushrooms. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 The bar's menu includes nibble-size gourmet delights to complement your drinks—think torched salmon sashimi, chicken yakitori, portobello steak sliders, and Mulwarra lamb sliders. Jahnavi Bhatt, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Dec. 2023 The Chef Truck Cubano, a vegetarian sandwich, manages that same crunch and umami with mojo tofu, portobello mushroom and eggplant in place of the traditional pork and ham. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2023

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Word History


perhaps alteration of Italian prataiolo, prataiuolo or dialect Italian pratarolo meadow mushroom, from prato meadow, from Latin pratum

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of portobello was in 1986

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“Portobello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portobello. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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