Fresh marjoram has a delicate floral flavor that blends beautifully in many Italian dishes. It is cousin to oregano, which is sometimes called wild marjoram, but its flavor is more subtle than oregano's. Both herbs are traditionally paired with tomatoes in Italian cooking. While meatballs in tomato sauce are a traditional Italian dish, in Italy they would always be served as a second course. Spaghetti with meatballs has become a classic combination among Italian Americans.