500 is fine. We do 475 but either way is no big deal. Ours take 12-14 minutes and I take a quick peek at 10 minutes. Might be a little faster at 500.Does this dough handle hand tossing? I worked in a pizza shop in college and I'm trying to relive my youth and prove to my kids I'm not old. I tried one recipe twice and while it was better the second time, it still wasn't as good as I remember. When I say it, I'm referring to me and my tossing. Pizza doesn't have to be round, right?