Born in Brazil in São Paulo to Japanese parents (in turn, children of immigrants), Roberto Okabe wanted to become an advertising graphic… He saw his mother preparing sushi for the family, but did not think to be a chef. However, in 1990, begins the path that will lead him to become a chef: arrived in Tokyo with the five-a-side football team of the university where he studied (thanks to a scholarship for sporting merits) for a tournament, he is fascinated by the cuisine and culture of Japan and decides to stay there to deepen its knowledge in the world of restaurant business. In 1994 he returned to São Paulo and began his adventure at Mitsuba under the guidance of master Kajino who passed on his passion for sushi and taught him the tricks of the job.
In 1997 he flies to Italy to enter the kitchen of the first Japanese “trattoria” in Milan: the “General Company of Travelers, Navigators and Dreamers”. Two years later, always in Milan, he inaugurated the restaurant “Zen”, the first Kaitensushi in Italy, and then opened the “Mori Jungle Sushi” in Erbusco, in Franciacorta.
But the real turning point came in 2004 thanks to the meeting with the friend (and partner) Clarence Seedorf with whom he opened Finger’s restaurant in Milan, still acclaimed point of reference for all lovers of creative Japanese cuisine. In October 2011 Roberto Okabe and Clarence Seedorf embody the evolution of a dream: Finger’s Garden, a real “zen garden” in the city immersed in 1,400 square meters of greenery.
But the success of Finger’s Style does not stop and today the brand has crossed the Milanese borders with the two “spin-offs” of Porto Cervo, in the heart of Costa Smeralda in Sardinia (from June to September) and Megève, on the slopes of Christomet, a prestigious French ski resort, for the winter period (December-March). Since 2017 he has also arrived in the capital with a new important project a few steps from Piazza del Popolo: Finger’s Rome.
An ancient Japanese proverb says: “Meeting people is where everything begins”. And the story of Finger’s is certainly a story of meetings: everything started fourteen years ago, giving birth to a new concept of “fusion” cuisine, which has now become a national brand.
It was 2004 and the whimsical Japanese-Brazilian chef Roberto Okabe and the great champion Clarence Seedorf opened the first Finger’s restaurant in Milan together.
In a few years Finger’s, thanks to a winning mix able to combine great cuisine, sophisticated environment and accurate service, has been able to be appreciated by a growing number of admirers and after the opening of Porto Cervo (in 2009), the “doubling” in Milan (with Finger’s Garden in 2011) and Megève (in 2014), today Finger’s lands in the Capital.
Thanks to a new meeting: the one with Francesco Palazzi, roman entrepreneur in the world of entertainment and major events (from cinema to fashion) and already owner of successful activities in the restaurant business in Italy and abroad (New York and Barcelona ).
A few meters from one of the symbolic squares of Rome, the central Piazza del Popolo, Finger’s has all the credentials to become an unmissable address and is ready to welcome (and conquer) the Roman and international public.
The kitchen of Finger’s, brilliant, tasty and creative, expresses unprecedented combinations of tastes and suggestions: the lightness and harmony of the Japanese tradition combine the flavors of Brazil and the warmth of Mediterranean foods in a refined and unprecedented balance, an unmistakable style and unique: the Finger’s Style.
More info on: www.fingersrestaurants.com