Limani Grille: Bringing Mediterranean Dining to Long Island in Time for the Holidays


Bringing Mediterranean dining to Long Island in time for the holidays.

Stunning! Quite simply, that is the overwhelming feeling when stepping into any of Limani Hospitality Group’s restaurants. Elegant and sophisticated? Precisely. And the Mediterranean vibe is unmistakable. Let your mind and heart wander for a moment and you’ll forget you are in New York and be transported to a Greek island.

A spread at Limani Mezze in RoslynCourtesy of Limani

Whether it is a new Limani restaurant, or the rebranding of an existing one, the Limani partners’ business strategy puts them all-in, financially, long before they begin to serve the best Mediterranean cuisine at another establishment in the New York metro area. To deliver the extraordinary dining experiences they are known for, their investments in people, facilities, and product must be significant and smart. Their mission statement says it all. “Our philosophy is simple: food should be authentic, delicious, and shared with good company.”

Limani restaurants are in the same category as the finest in London, Paris, or Rome — Simply the Best — and it is my privilege to work with the Limani organization to provide their risk management and insurance coverage needs.

James C. “Jim” Metzger founded The Whitmore Group in 1989 in Roslyn. For 30 years he and his team built the firm beyond brokering into a multi-faceted, award-winning insurance and financial services firm. Today, Metzger is Chairman and CEO of The Whitmore Agency, one of the leading firms in the Acrisure Agency Partner Network. Acrisure is a $3 billion global enterprise with 500 offices in the US.

In addition to his bottom-line business wins, Metzger is also renowned for his Long Island philanthropy. He contributes to and participates in numerous organizations with the belief that his support will help make it possible for future generations of business leaders and student-athletes to attain their dreams. More information can be found at


Franco Sukaj, a partner and general manager of Limani, with Alam, an executive chef, who only uses his first name, is also a partner in the New York City restaurant. They are featured on the cover with James “Jim” Metzger of The Whitmore Group. Girl In a Camera Productions

Put a reservation at Limani Grille on your holiday wish list. Recently, Behind The Hedges visited the 8,000-square-foot venue and partners at the newest Limani in Commack, just before its opening on December 2, 2021.

What should guests’ expectations be for their first visit to Limani Commack? Nothing less than a welcoming ambience where you and your family will feel at home at their tables. Many experts say a Mediterranean diet is a distinct and healthy lifestyle option. You’ll find ideas and a flair for both classical and modern takes on traditional dishes with Limani.


The Cowboy Steak, a 24-ounce bone-in rib eye, is dry-aged for 30 days.Courtesy of Limani
The Cowboy Steak, a 24-ounce bone-in rib eye, is dry aged for 30 days.Courtesy of Limani

Building on the unique Limani brand, its best practices, and proven successes, the team at Limani Grille is the key ingredient to making Limani’s eastern-most Long Island establishment a soon-to-be-prized fine dining destination for Suffolk and the East End.

Franco Sukaj has been with the Limani organization since the Roslyn location was opened in 2008, starting as a captain. Within two years he became general manager just as the new NYC location started welcoming its first guests.

Now, Sukaj is a partner and general manager in charge of the group’s restaurant management.


PEI mussels prepared with white wine, dill, garlic and parsleyCourtesy of Limani
End the meal with Ekmek, shredded phyllo, custard and pistachio whipped creamCourtesy of Limani


Limani Grille is located at 1 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Commack. 631-499-6700.
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This article appeared in the December 2021 issue of Behind The Hedges. Click here to view the digital edition.