The somewhat harsh rating for this restaurant, I hope, is primarily a result of being "off season" in the heat of a Scottsdale summer. The resort itself is tired and past it's prime and its restaurant is no exception. What it lacks in updated decor could be mitigated somewhat by having customers. While a romantic dinner for two is not an occasion for crowds, neither should it be in silent isolation as was the case here. The clientele was outnumbered by staff 2:1.
The food, while very good, did not justify the pricing. The preparation was competent but not anything special and I do sympathize with any establishment that has to maintain fresh ingredients and the ability to prepare anything on the menu at anytime - even if that time is unlikely to come on a given night.
The service was very attentive and appropriate. Given that the wait staff had only us to serve, they exhibited professionalism and restraint so as to be available but not intrusive.
While we may try Taggia again, it will be "in season" when the place has some "vibe" and kitchen in in full swing and at it's best.