Chef/Owner Michael Smith and wife GM/Owner Nancy Smith

Farina Executive Chef/Partner Michael Smith

Chef Michael Smith honed his skills in Nice, France and Chicago’s Charlie Trotter’s, among others, before taking the helm at Kansas City’s revered The American Restaurant in 1994 where he was one of the city’s first James Beard Award-winning chefs. A pioneer in the emerging Crossroads Art District, he opened Michael Smith Restaurant and Extra Virgin—a bustling Spanish tapas concept— in 2007. Farina continues his love affair with Kansas City.

Farina General Manager/Partner/Wine Director Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith oversees Farina’s extensive, globe-straddling wine list, which has won the coveted Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator since 2008. Passionate about every detail at Farina—from ambiance and service to food and drink—she sets the stage for a memorable dining experience. won awards (list Wine Spectator awards).