After doing some reading I decided to go for a cheap system for now. No reverse osmosis, just filtering. I went with a Culligan SY-2650 which is basically a glorified pitcher filter but with many advantages:
1) Water comes out quickly enough - fills a 32 oz bottle in a matter of seconds (maybe 15 seconds vs. 3 minutes with a pitcher)
2) 500 gallon filter vs. 30-100 gallon filter for pitcher
3) Filter monitor: there is a simple battery operated electronic device that turns on when water is flowing. After approximately 500 gallons it beeps at you. This is great because it takes out the guess work. I am sure that it is only estimating but I probably relatively accurate based on the restriction of the filters (vs the pressure of your home water).
4) Filters out much more "stuff" than the pitcher filters. I would be lying if I said I knew what many of these things are but assuming(?) they aren't things we want to be ingesting.
The system runs for about $160 but the local Sears has them on closeout for $50. I believe this is because Culligan sold the system to another company (filters and parts still readily available). The system was truly plug and play and I had it installed in a number of hours most of which was trying to close off a 60 year old shut off valve!!!!
I am excited to give the "new" water a try in the pizza making later today.