I made my first pizza last night! It was a margherita, and I managed to burn the bottm of it. I used the Good Eats recipe for dough, and tossed it by hand. I preheated my oven for 45 minutes at 550f. I planned on cooking the pizza 7 minutes, but clearly that was too long, or the stone was too hot. Despite a bit of carbon on the bottom of the pizza, it was tasty and I'm looking forward to many more home made pizzas!
Either way, the basil is left on the pizza! It's a very tasty and aromatic addition to your pizza!