The kitchen for the sick poor in Via Anfiteatro 16, was commissioned by Alessandrina Ravizza in 1879.
This initiative gave her the nickname “Countess of the broeud (broth)”.
She later attached a medical clinic to the kitchen for the sick, which she entrusted to the direction of the ‘poor man’s doctor’: Anna Kuliscioff. It was one of the places where the first women doctors served.
These are the words that the writer and poet Ada Negri dedicated to Alessandrina Ravizza:
“Humanity was her cross to bear on her shoulders: she carried it singing, with the shining serenity of altruistic vocations. And she did not put life on trial. She loved life: she favoured it, defended it, encouraged it in every single manifestation of character, of art, of love, of will. The trial, and without quarter, she made it to social impostures, to hypocritical conventions, to tortuous selfishness, to the spiritual weaknesses that deform it, and gag and garrotte the human being, poisoning his joy of existing. He condemned without appeal the simulation of real life: so grotesque and miserable, when it is not criminal. ‘Nothing is impossible’ was his motto.”
Source: Milano sparita e da ricordare