Michael Smith, who owns his eponymous Kansas City, Mo., restaurant with his wife, Nancy, grew up in the industry. His mother was a restaurant manager, so Smith spent much of his childhood in professional kitchens, inspiring him to become a chef. Though Smith has trained in many French kitchens, his Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winning–restaurant serves American cuisine with a heavy Italian influence. Michael Smith features handmade pastas such as black truffle linguini and saffron torchio with king crab, chile and lemon. The moderately-priced wine list is strong in Italy, as well as in California and France. Nancy oversees the 300 selections, with more than 20 wines available by the glass, including Coravin pours of wines like Opus One Napa Valley 2013 and Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Hillside Select 2012.